Powerful message for our youth
FOUR Proserpine teenagers have decided to share their very personal stories with the world in the hope that bullying and youth suicide might become problems of the past.
Kane Taylor, Tasman Desmond, Jarrah Kennedy and Keisha McEwan have put together a YouTube video called “I’ll stand by you”, which already has more than 1000 views.
In the video, each of these young people talks about their own experiences with bullying, depression and loneliness. Even more importantly, they talk about how they learned to “reach out” and how through friendship and community support, they have come through the darkest of days to lead lives that are filled with love and hope.
16-year-old Kane said the four friends were inspired to make the video because “youth suicides are very high in our region and we want to stop it”.
“We needed to do something to help youth and something that would appeal to young people,” he said.
Likewise Keisha had this message to any other young people in the community who might be feeling, as she once did, that there was “no point”.
“From a group of young people who’ve been in the position you’re in, we say, ‘hold on’.
“No-one can help you unless you help yourself [but] if you reach out and say ‘yes, I want help’ there will be at least four people willing and wanting to help and support you,” she said.
The four friends recommended the Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service, Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, Proserpine Community Centre and Proserpine Youth Space as supportive and safe places for young people in need. The contact numbers for each of these organisations are included at the end of the video clip.
The video is just over seven minutes long and was published to YouTube on December 2.
TAKING A STAND: Proserpine teenagers Keisha McEwan, Kane Taylor, Jarrah Kennedy and Tasman Desmond have produced a You Tube video reaching out to young people who have been bullied or are at risk of suicide.