Mental health advocate to lead youth celebrations

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  • Darci Miller is the 2017 WA National Youth Week Ambassador

A young, passionate mental health advocate has been named as Western Australia’s National Youth Week Ambassador.

Youth Minister Paul Miles announced Darci Miller, 24, would take the lead in representing young West Australians during the weeklong celebrations which kick off on March 31, 2017.

The Bachelor of Preventive Health graduate, who grew up in Beverley, currently works at Mentally Healthy WA on their ‘Youth Connectors’ program.

“With her qualification and having received a scholarship to work at Mentally Healthy WA, Darci is passionate about teaching young people to engage in activities that support their mental health and wellbeing,” Mr Miles said.

“The Liberal National Government is pleased to support National Youth Week, which not only celebrates young people’s contributions to the community but also provides them with a forum to express their ideas and raise issues of importance.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Darci to bring her relevant skills and experience to the role, and explore opportunities for young people to think about mental health. I would like to wish her all the best.”

National Youth Week is Australia’s biggest celebration of young people and runs from March 31, 2017 to April 9, 2017.

More than 100 events will take place across WA, with many to receive funding through the National Youth Week grants program, co-funded by the State and Federal Governments.

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  • National Youth Week WA is presented by Propel Youth Arts WA, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities
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Biography – Darci Miller

Darci Miller, 24 graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Preventive Health (specialising in marketing) and won the Bachelor of Preventive Health Industry Practicum Award.  A passionate advocate for youth health issues, Darci received an Australia Health Promotion Association Graduate scholarship to work at Mentally Healthy WA on a program called ‘Youth Connectors’ in 2016.

This program involves using a peer-education approach to teach young people about the Act-Belong-Commit principles for good mental health, and upskilling them to be able to assist and encourage peers to engage in mentally healthy activities.

Darci grew up in Beverley, 133 kilometres east of Perth, on a wheat and sheep farm and was a boarder at Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Perth where she was the boarding house service prefect and captain of boats (rowing).  She travels to Beverley most weekends to play netball and see friends and family, and enjoys, being part of her community, nature walks, sports, travelling and living a healthy, active lifestyle.

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