Life coach urges Mandurah Catholic College students to speak about mental illness

Life coach and guest speaker Amy Coombes visited Mandurah Catholic College (MCC) to share her personal experiences with mental illness and encourage students to ask for help if they are struggling. 

The workshop for year ten students was funded by the Peel Youth Medical Service and delivered as part of the College's Flourish program.

Much of the presentation was based on Ms Coombe’s own experiences including her battle with an eating disorder and major depression. 

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MCC communications officer Nancy Belfrage said Ms Coombes was engaging and students “listened intently to the words being delivered”. 

“She was relatable and very passionate about encouraging students to seek help if they’re suffering from eating disorders, anxiety, depression or other forms of mental illness,” she said. 

MCC head of year ten Louise Merry said the speech encouraged students to not be ashamed to seek help if they need it. 

"She stressed to the students, if it was okay to seek help for a broken arm, so too was it okay to reach out for help when suffering a mental illness...be it anorexia, bulimia, depression,” she said. 

Peel Youth Medical Service provides free and confidential health services to young people aged 12 to 25 years which cover doctor's appointments, mental health counselling, sexual health clinics and assistance with other agencies.