Broome health worker’s youth commitment

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Broome nurse Sandra Guzzi and Commercial Travellers Association representative Max Beatson with CWA state secretary Heather Allen and Kay Weir.
Camera IconBroome nurse Sandra Guzzi and Commercial Travellers Association representative Max Beatson with CWA state secretary Heather Allen and Kay Weir. Credit: Nicole Salmeri.

Driven by a determination to stamp out youth suicide, a Broome health worker is ready to dedicate her life to the mental health field.

Sandra Guzzi received the Country Women’s Association and Commercial Traveller’s Association Henderson Field Scholarship last week to further her studies in youth mental health through an online course with the University of Melbourne.

Ms Guzzi’s goal is to become a speaker at schools to inspire youth to take charge of their mental fitness, encourage youth to access help and resources, and ultimately stem the suicide crisis.

She said she hoped to develop programs which could cut through to children in ways they could relate to.

“I think a YouTube is really good because it is something they can do in the privacy of their own home,” she said.

“They can put headphones on and talk to people their own age who have gone through difficult times.

“I have gone through a lot of trauma myself and photography has helped me get through some dark times.

“The theory behind that is photography is a form of mindfulness. Just go out and take photos so you are not thinking about how bad you are feeling.”

Country Women’s Association state president Heather Allen said Ms Guzzi’s application stood out from the rest.

“Sandra is listening to people,” she said.

“It worries me with mental health that people just think they can hand out a tablet and sort it.

“We need more Sandra’s out there.”

Ms Allen said leftover money donated from CBH had also been put towards regional nurses vying for the scholarship this year.

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