Youth Mental Health Summit at La Trobe Art Institute. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

Students from seven secondary schools in Bendigo attended a youth wellness summit yesterday and were inspired to take a proactive role in addressing their mental health.

The summit, developed by the City of Greater Bendigo, YMCA and Headspace Bendigo, was led by a small group of young people passionate about improving the mental health of their peers.

Year 8 and 9 students participated in workshops based on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing program and had the chance to hear from guest presenter Lucy Thomas.

Ms Thomas founded Project Rockit with her sister Rosie to tackle school bullying.

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are five simple and effective ways to improve mental and emotional health.

The steps are connect, be active, keep learning, be aware and help others and were developed by health services in Melbourne, namely The Royal Melbourne Hospital.