More than 70 community members welcomed the launch of Warrnambool Wellbeing Week on Friday.
Held at the old Callaghans Motors building on Fairy Street, the gathering kicked off a four-day event that will run from August 13 to 17.
The free event will be the first of its kind held in the city.
Sessions are to be hosted by the Warrnambool Student Wellbeing Association and include events for both school and community members.
Guest speakers will include 2017 Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball, Ceo of Game Changers Natalie Kienner and dynamic educator Aaron Densham.
Event organiser Sean Kenny said it was vital community members joined the sessions to be held at Warrnambool’s Lighthouse Theatre.
“It’s about getting a broad approach to engaging with our youth,” he said. “The guest speakers will help us with tools, techniques and processes around addressing wellbeing in students.
“But we need a whole community approach to tackle the mental health of our kids.
“It really does take a village to raise a child.”
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