Strengths Based Parenting - Lea Waters Strength SwitchIt’s one thing to raise money to improve mental health, it’s another to roll up your sleeves and take action to help improve mental health.

In the Upper Hunter we’re blessed to have both!

As you know in recent weeks this community has been nothing short of amazing in the funds it has raised to support our work and then last night we were BLOWN AWAY again by the determination to make a difference.

Nearly 250 people turned up to the Scone RSL Club on a Monday night to find out how Strengths Based Parenting can help improve wellbeing and mental health in children.

Another 50 watched the hour long presentation as it was live-streamed. We were particularly encouraged by the number of grandparents and men who joined in – typically these events are female skewed.

Meanwhile, over in Denman another dozen began their training in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Tomorrow night there’ll be more than 30 doing the same in Muswellbrook.

This is a village banding together to raise our children and this is incredible!!!!

Put your hand up if you’re proud to live here!

‘It just makes sense’, ‘Life changing’ and ‘Imagine the difference we could make to this community by following just a little bit of what Lea had to say’ were just some of the comments floating around the room after Prof Waters’ talk. The sentiment was the same in Denman.

If you attended either of last night’s sessions, please feel free to post a comment about any insights you gained.

If you weren’t able to attend….never fear. There are still plenty of opportunities to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid training – details below. We will also share details soon on how you can participate in the Strength Switch Family Facilitation Course.

In these photos, please note the delicious spread that was provided by some of the wonderful WTAW volunteers who share their baking skills at so many of our events!!

We’d also like to say a special thanks to our schools (again) who were so helpful in encouraging parents to attend last night!