Young people in the Loddon Campaspe region will have greater access to mental health support services thanks to a new project.
The Keep in Touch van and app - which was developed by young people, for young people - links youth in the region to available services.
The van, which is lined with activities designed to open up conversations around mental health, made its way to Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Wednesday.
"The whole project from concept to implementation has all been co-designed," project worker Alana Robinson said. "We've had young people involved through every step of the process."
The project's youth-focused steering committee also had representatives from the City of Greater Bendigo, Regional Development Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, and Anglicare.
"What we're aiming to do is empower young people to achieve and maintain their positive wellbeing," Ms Robinson said.
"It's about helping them understand mental health isn't either positive or negative - it's on a spectrum.
"We're trying to encourage them to have conversations around their mental health and wellbeing to decrease some of that stigma."
City of Greater Bendigo Youth Councillor Lilli-Rose Gemmill, who was also a youth representative on the steering committee, said a key focus of the project was accessibility.
"Obviously the van is on four wheels so it's mobile and the app can be downloaded at anytime with WiFi access," she said. "So I think it's very important that this project is accessible wherever you are.
"We want to empower young people to make decisions about their mental wellbeing. It's about giving them control about what they want to do."
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