Amy is proud to make a difference
PRESBYTERIAN Ladies’ College student Amy Gibbs has been awarded a Youth Award at the 2016 Youth Focus Make a Difference Awards.
The Year 10 student was recognised for raising awareness and $7000 for the organisation by hosting a charity dance.
Amy began working with Youth Focus during a personal project through her school curriculum.
She said with such a large percentage of youth needing help, she felt it was crucial to get involved.
“Personally, I’m not affected by mental illness, and I cannot begin to imagine how immensely hard it would be for someone struggling to let another person in,” she said.
“Hopefully, with the help of Youth Focus and their incredible team of dedicated staff, it makes their self-journey just that bit easier.”
She said winning the award was humbling.
“When I set out to achieve my goal of educating my community on suicide and self-harm, I never imaging receiving the recognition I have,” she said.
“However, it’s not the fact that I received the award, but the thought that my contribution has made an impact on these young struggling adults.”
Amy said she encouraged other young people to raise awareness for the cause.
“I wholeheartedly believe young people should become involved in understanding and addressing the issues associated with mental health and suicide prevention,” she said.
Amy Gibbs receives her award from Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell and Youth Focus board chairman Peter Harold.