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Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS | WELCOME - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

THE health, hap­pi­ness and safety of of young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity is of ut­most pri­or­ity.

Fam­ily and Child Con­nect is driv­ing a Talk­ing Fam­i­lies cam­paign to be rolled out on a lo­cal level.

The cam­paign aims to pro­mote help-seek­ing and help-of­fer­ing be­hav­iours among par­ents and the wider Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity.

A Queens­land Fam­ily and Child Com­mis­sion spokes­woman said while it had been run on a larger scale, the cam­paign was a lo­cal re­sponse to lo­cal needs.

“The cam­paign en­cour­ages peo­ple to seek help,” the spokes­woman said. “Not ev­ery com­mu­nity is the same.

“So we want to start that con­ver­sa­tion.”

Last week prom­i­nent mem­bers of the com­mu­nity came to­gether in Ma­roochy­dore to take the ini­tial step in help­ing to build the project.

The work­shop iden­ti­fied fac­tors such as what was stress­ing fam­i­lies and what things might in­flu­ence a per­son’s de­ci­sion to seek help.

The spokes­woman said the in­ten­tion of the cam­paign was for par­ents to get the sup­port they needed when they needed it.

“We want to build the ca­pac­ity of their nat­u­ral sup­port net­works to of­fer ef­fec­tive help,” she said.

The cam­paign’s ini­tial fo­cus was statewide and the Coast will be the first to have its own pro­gram which is lo­cally tai­lored.

If you need help, con­tact 13FAMILIES.

To have a say on the project, visit www.act­forkids.com.au.

The cam­paign en­cour­ages peo­ple to seek help.

PHOTO: JOR­GIA WHITE

FOR OUR KIDS: Con­rad Town­son, Britt Sher­well , Kylie Walker, Me­lanie Grab­ski and Andy Gib­son.

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