Competition combats negativity for young people
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.