Amy is proud to make a dif­fer­ence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

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.

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