MEMBERS STATEMENT-SUPPORTING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

Mr FREGON: On another matter, last week I had the honour of representing the Minister for Suburban Development at the opening of another fantastic Victorian government Pick My Project initiative, Supporting Youth Mental Health. The project was granted $200 000 in funding to provide mental health first aid training, specifically focusing on youth, and would not have been possible without the advocacy of the great Rotary Club of Glen Waverley and Monash council. The youth mental health first aid courses are designed to help young people recognise when their friends may need help and provide ongoing support to youth in the Mount Waverley district. It makes me so happy to see mental health-focused initiatives rolled out in Mount Waverley, especially ones that are giving young and old the tools they may need to recognise the signs and help each other out. Finally, there was a comment in Canberra a while ago about unfunded empathy. I would just like to say that empathy does not have to be funded, but projects like this show that it is worth doing.