Workshop will help youth with mental health problems

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 02/05/2014
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Digital Stock developer Jim Dowling is helping to organise LifeHack Southland, which aims to develop a digital solution to youth mental health problems.

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Creative Southland minds are being urged to attend a workshop to develop a solution to youth mental health problems in the region.

The LifeHack pilot programme is part of the Government's $2 million Social Media Innovations Fund, to give young people the reins to create tools that work for them.

It is one of nine Ministry of Social Development-led initiatives in the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project.

It has partnered with Innov8 Invercargill and city business Digital Stock to bring the initiative to Invercargill.

Young Invercargill entrepreneur Jim Dowling is helping to organise the weekend in the city this month and is calling on thinkers, doers and change makers throughout the region with a range of creative, digital and business skills, to attend the free event.

The Digital Stock developer was concerned about mental health of young people in the region, so he got involved.

Using the power of creativity and social entrepreneurship, people would connect at the 54-hour digital working bee and come up with a solution to mental health problems.

DigitalStock "would then try to build it and deliver it to the ministry and other funders", he said.

Attendees should bring a bucketful of enthusiasm and an open mind. The organisers wanted to bring together creative minds in Southland who offered ideas.

Business people, students, graphic designers, illustrators, web developers, health and wellbeing practitioners, musicians, marketing professionals and mobile app geniuses were welcome to join the challenge.

"This is a good way to bring about change at a grassroots level and at low cost," Dowling said.

 

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