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A visit from mental wellbeing program The Resilience Project has given hundreds of Stawell residents strategies to help them overcome adversity.

The project – which operates workshops and seminars that provide positive mental health strategies for schools, sports clubs and businesses – spent three days in Stawell earlier this month.

Presenter Martin Heppell ran a free session at Stawell Entertainment Centre promoting the value of gratitude, empathy and mindfulness.

Mr Heppell also presented to teachers, industry professionals and other Stawell leaders before talking to primary and secondary school students in Northern Grampians Shire.

Northern Grampians mayor Kevin Erwin said feedback from the sessions had been overwhelmingly positive.

He said statistics showed one in four primary school students and one in three secondary school students lose sleep because of worry, and practising coping strategies was important.

“One of the more alarming stats presented was that 65 percent of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness, so we certainly hope that through these sessions that number starts to fall,” he said.

“I’d like to thank those who came along and participated over the course of those three days, as this will make us all a stronger community in the future.”

People seeking more information on The Resilience Project can visit website theresilienceproject.com.au or search for The Resilience Project on Facebook.