Workshop: Navigating Young People Towards Good Mental Health

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Coolminds International Speaker Series Presents:

Orygen Youth Health, Australia

Date: Tuesday 26th February

Time: 6.30-8.30pmVenue: The ISF Academy, Cyberport

Cost: $70

Language: English. Simultaneous translation to Cantonese will be provided.

Join Coolminds and Orygen Youth Health for a workshop with expert speakers Caroline Crlenjak (National Projects Manager) and Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell (Director, Research), Orygen Youth Health.

This 'Navigator Training' workshop will promote best practice methods in identifying mental health problems and linking young people with mental health treatment. It will give participants the skills and confidence to support a young person experiencing mental health problems, and to help them to access appropriate treatment if needed.

This workshop has been developed by Orygen to provide mental health training to individuals working with young people within the community and in welfare agencies. Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Australia, is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. Caroline and Rosemary bring a wealth of experience from their extensive work in the sector, and want to share it with Hong Kong.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • School counsellors

  • Teachers

  • Sports coaches

  • Healthcare professionals

  • Clergy/ pastoral care

  • *Please note: parents are also welcome to this workshop

The workshop will run for approx. 2 hours and will include participant interactivity and participation.

Workshop for students: Students aged 16+ are welcome to a one hour session from 5-6pm with Caroline and Rosie, to learn more about managing stress using the Orygen's evidence based approaches. Please see more information here.

Questions? Email

*This workshop has been developed by Orygen as part of a mental health literacy program and research study.

Coolminds is an initiative from Mind Hong Kong and KELY Support Group, supported by the Weez Project. We are grateful to ISF Academy for their kind use of their auditorium.

Speaker Bios:

Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell, MPsych, PhD

Director, Research, Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Associate Professor Rosemary Purcell is the Director of Research at Orygen. She is also a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and a registered psychologist.

Rosemary has contributed to a significant number of publications in the areas of youth mental health, early intervention and forensic mental health. She is currently an investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant investigating the benefits of physical activity for young people with depression, and is the Managing Editor of the journal Early Intervention in Psychiatry.

Rosemary was the inaugural Director of the
headspace Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and was the Director of the Transitions Study, a large cohort study examining predictors of illness change and progression in young help-seekers attending headspace services.

Rosemary’s primary research interests are clinical staging in mental health, early intervention to reduce forensic outcomes in young people, and the use of low intensity interventions for mood and anxiety disorders in young people.

Caroline Crlenjak, BOccThy, MaOT

National Projects Manager, Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

Caroline Crlenjak is the National Projects Manager at Orygen. She is a registered occupational therapist who has worked across specialist youth and adult mental health services for the past 15 years.

Caroline has a particular interest in working with young people with first episode psychosis and over the past 5 years helped to develop and deliver workforce training for the expansion of early psychosis services across Australia through headspace centres. Her particular interest is in working with young people who have difficulties engaging in traditional mental health services.

Caroline engages in teaching in mental health occupational therapy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where she lectures in psychosocial interventions for mental health across the lifespan.

Currently, she coordinates the translation of youth mental health research into the delivery of education and training to the youth mental health workforce across Australia, including health and community sectors. She also provides workforce and service consultation to new services and programs supporting young people with moderate to severe mental health problems.

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