(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]

There is a fantastic opportunity for local community members and DoE staff to become involved in the YAM program coming to the North Coast in term 4, 2019 and term 1, 2020.

What is YAM?
Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) is an evidenced base program for reducing suicide attempts and ideation, as well as promoting help seeking strategies, for young people aged 14 – 16 years. YAM is delivered by a trained instructor with support from a YAM Helper and involves 5 sessions run over 3 weeks. The program is endorsed by the Black Dog Institute and the Department of Education.

For More information on YAM visit the Black Dog Institute website: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/lifespan/lifespan-strategies-and-components/strategy-5

How do I get involved?
YAM will be delivered to Year 9 or 10 students in 16 Government High Schools on the North Coast (Grafton to Tweed) during school term 4, 2019 and term 1, 2020.

The role of the YAM helper is to support the YAM instructor by;

  • Being present in the classroom for the duration of the program
  • Assisting with hand out of materials
  • Assist with role plays for program participants
  • Provide feedback to instructor about the delivery of the program.

What do I need to become a YAM Helper?

  • Have experience working with groups of young people.
  • Hold a valid Working with Children Check (or being willing to obtain)
  • Attend a free 3 hour training course
  • Commit to helping with at least one full YAM program (i.e. 5 hours over a 3 week period)

Who do I contact? If you are interested in being a YAM helper please contact:

Keith Brown
Head Teacher Student Wellbeing Initiatives
NSW Department of Education
Grafton High School
(02) 6642 3355 | 0459 863 295 | [email protected]