Bring­ing hope to the ta­ble

BUL­LY­ING VIC­TIM NOW HELPS OTH­ERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

COURT­NEY Lyon has not let de­pres­sion and bul­ly­ing hold her back.

The 17-year-old left school at the end of Year 10 af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with se­vere de­pres­sion from be­ing the vic­tim of bul­ly­ing, but is now on the Youth Part­ner­ship Project (YPP) Youth Lead­er­ship Round­table – an ini­tia­tive fo­cused on sup­port­ing the South East Metropoli­tan’s most vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple.

“I was re­ally sad and just wanted to leave school,” Ms Lyon said.

“But even though I was sad, I knew I wanted to help peo­ple and I knew I had to get bet­ter first.”

Ms Lyon en­rolled in STRIDE – a pro­gram that helps young adults to de­ter­mine their path be­yond school and pre­pare them for full-time em­ploy­ment, an ap­pren­tice­ship or full­time Tafe train­ing.

She also joined the Gos­nells Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

“I had been through a re­ally hard time with de­pres­sion and sui­cide at­tempts and I didn’t want oth­ers to go through that,” she said.

“When I came out of my de­pres­sion all I wanted to do was help peo­ple. I wanted to be some­one who peo­ple could go to to have their voices heard, but not a youth worker. I wanted to re­ally ad­dress the core prob­lem.”

When Ms Lyon was ap­proached by Save the Chil­dren, she jumped at the chance to join it and the YPP.

The YPP uses the voice of young peo­ple to help oth­ers.

“I have loved ev­ery minute of this role,” Ms Lyon said. “It is amaz­ing and I just love do­ing what I love.

“It is not just a job to me. I lit­er­ally wake up ev­ery morn­ing and think, ‘what can I do to­day to help some­one’.

“I re­ally do love my life right now.”

The Gazette plans to pro­file all mem­bers of the YPP, but we don’t want to stop there. If you know an in­spir­ing per­son aged 10-25 who lives in our area, send an email to south­erngazette@com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d436309

Court­ney Lyon, who was in­volved in the Youth Sum­mit.

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