Com­pe­ti­tion com­bats neg­a­tiv­ity for young peo­ple

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

EN­TRIES have opened for a new video com­pe­ti­tion aim­ing to lighten the load of neg­a­tiv­ity young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence on­line, at school or with friends and fam­ily.

Open un­til Oc­to­ber 9, the Aus­tralian Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion’s (ASPF) ini­tia­tive al­lows en­trants to work in­di­vid­u­ally or in groups to cre­ate videos with the theme “You are not alone”.

The theme “You are not alone” was de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with five se­condary schools across the state; with re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tion from Sale Col­lege.

Stu­dents felt it would al­low them to show oth­ers they care and sup­port the fight against sui­cide; which is the big­gest killer of young Aus­tralians.

The ASPF ini­tia­tive was launched by Min­is­ter for Men­tal Health, Martin Fo­ley, at Al­bert Park Col­lege.

“We’ll con­tinue work­ing with or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Aus­tralian Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion to make sure young peo­ple know they’re not alone and that there is al­ways hope,” Mr Fo­ley said.

Med­i­cal di­rec­tor of ASPF and psy­chi­a­trist, Dr David Hor­gan, said videos cre­ated by young peo­ple for young peo­ple had the po­ten­tial to cut through in cir­cum­stances where con­cerned par­ents and teach­ers strug­gled.

“The on­line world can be such a dam­ag­ing place when you’re a teenager and try­ing to find your iden­tity amidst self-doubt and the strug­gles of fit­ting in. We be­lieve these videos will shine a light in the dark­ness, and pro­vide hope.”

Pre­sented by Vil­lage Road­show, the ini­tia­tive has been launched at a time when youth sui­cide has reached a 10-year high in Aus­tralia ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Bureau of Sta­tis­tics.

Sui­cide is re­spon­si­ble for the loss of about eight young lives per week – more than those killed in car crashes.

ASPF is a na­tion­wide not-for-profit fo­cused on pro­vid­ing an out­let for those con­sid­er­ing sui­cide, and their friends and rel­a­tives af­fected by such an event.

More de­tails on the com­pe­ti­tion are avail­able at www.youareno­talonecomp.com.au and ASPF at www.aspf.com.au. Help is avail­able:

Life­line: 13 11 14 or www.life­line.org.au/GetHelp/

Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice: 1300 659 467 or www.sui­cide­call­back­ser­vice.org.au

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or www.kid­shelp.com.au

BET­TER UN­DER­STAND­ING: Dr David Hor­gan be­lieves videos cre­ated by young peo­ple for young peo­ple had the po­ten­tial to cut through in cir­cum­stances where con­cerned par­ents and teach­ers strug­gled.

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