Camp to help girls heal from trauma

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Emily Ace

GIRLS aged 12 to 17 who have been im­pacted by trauma or abuse will have the op­por­tu­nity to be­gin their heal­ing jour­neys next month with Heal For Life WA.

Six schol­ar­ships are avail­able for the five-day res­i­den­tial camp be­gin­ning on April 29 at Myalup Pines Cot­tages, where par­tic­i­pants will be sup­ported by peer sup­port vol­un­teers who are sur­vivors them­selves.

The camp is ben­e­fi­cial for youth ex­hibit­ing symp­toms in­clud­ing de­pres­sion.

The camp is the first of its kind in WA and will cover work­shops such as ef­fects of trauma on the brain, bound­aries, self nur­tur­ing, self ac­cep­tance, con­flict res­o­lu­tion and life skills.

Heal For Life vice-chair­woman Penny Gar­vey said the camp would not be pos­si­ble with­out fund­ing from the Chefs’ Long Ta­ble Lunch.

“They are just a huge sup­porter of Heal For Life and they be­lieve in the work we do,” Ms Gar­vey said.

“They un­der­stand that we get re­sults which is all about help­ing our youth be­gin their heal- ing jour­ney. “There is such a need in the com­mu­nity be­cause our youth are deal­ing with so many is­sues – bul­ly­ing, phys­i­cal and emo­tional trauma, sex­ual abuse, di­vorce – it goes so deep.”

Ms Gar­vey said par­tic­i­pants also had the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate life­long bonds with other youth who have been through sim­i­lar bat­tles.

She said ap­pli­cants needed to fully un­der­stand the week was about heal­ing and be ready to make a change in their lives.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 0439 973 285.

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