YAM is an innovative mental health and suicide prevention program for 14 to 16-year-olds that builds students’ knowledge of mental health through role-play and interactive discussion. In this way, youth are encouraged to practice empathy, resilience and problem-solving by learning from one other. In European trials, YAM has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, suicide attempts, and severe suicidal ideation.
YAM also helps youth connect with local mental and general health resources as well as organisations who work with youth rights and empowerment in their communities. Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan team have adapted YAM for Australian school students.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Children or young people
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
- LGBTI People
- Lived experience
- People with an increased risk of suicide
- People who have attempted suicide
- People bereaved by suicide
- People experiencing mental illness
- Regional and remote communities
- Farming communities