It was a double celebration in the Ulumbarra Plaza yesterday, as Year 11 students enjoyed the last day of classes for 2019 with a free barbecue lunch, and the ‘Keep in Touch’ (Kit) program had its Bendigo launch.

Kit is a mental health promotion and wellbeing initiative developed by local young people for young people. The Kit van and crew were on hand to explain the Kit app and chat with students about how they ‘keep in touch’ and maintain positive mental health.

Kit was launched by BSSC Alumna and COGB Deputy Youth Mayor, Annika Ritchie, who said spoke about the need for communities to start a conversation about mental health in a supportive environment.

“The Kit project provides a resource to link young people to available services and opportunities to connect with activities and other young people,” she said.

The YMCA was also onboard, running a music quiz with lots of great prizes, including Subway vouchers.

The event was a great way for Year 11s to cap off a fantastic first year at BSSC. Bendigo’s local media outlets were there to capture all the fun.

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