CLARENCE Youth Action have received another accolade for their tireless work with the community when they became the showcase of a Mental Health Month event at NSW Parliament on Monday.
"This is a great opportunity for these young locals to show the politicians what a great job they are doing and take their ideas and concerns directly to the Government," Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said.
The Clarence Youth Action group were also recognised last month, winning the Volunteer Group of the year out of 48 nominations from across the Northern Rivers.
The grassroots club of 12 to 25-year-olds was formed in response to a high youth suicide rate in the Clarence Valley area.
Together, they work on community projects, organise events, consult with local young people about issues that matter to them and advise Clarence Valley Council.
Mr Gulaptis said an important contribution the young people made was to reduce the stigma of mental health issues.
"The NSW Government is also focusing on this with vastly increased funding for mental health and a special million-dollar grant for suicide prevention in the Clarence Valley earlier this year," Mr Gulaptis said.
The theme for Mental Health Month 2017 is 'Share the Journey', to highlight the importance of social relationships to improve overall mental health.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
For mental health services please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.