Pos­i­tive in­flu­ence

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown

DARCH res­i­dent Rae­gan Pig­gott has been recog­nised for her con­tri­bu­tion to youth sui­cide preven­tion and men­tal health in WA.

The 2018 Make A Dif­fer­ence Awards were pre­sented to seven Youth Fo­cus sup­port­ers at a cer­e­mony at the State Re­cep­tion Cen­tre at Kings Park on Novem­ber 14.

Ms Pig­gott won the Youth Award for her ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing other young peo­ple af­ter en­dur­ing heart­break­ing ad­ver­sity – los­ing her mother to sui­cide and her own men­tal health strug­gles.

Through shar­ing her story across a range of plat­forms, she has pro­moted Youth Fo­cus ser­vices, en­cour­aged early in­ter­ven­tion and raised aware­ness about pos­i­tive men­tal health.

She now vol­un­teers her time as a mem­ber of the Youth Fo­cus Youth Ref­er­ence Group.

Youth Fo­cus act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Raj Thethy said the com­mu­nity sup­port that helped Youth Fo­cus con­tinue its im­por­tant work could not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“Sadly, sui­cide con­tin­ues to be the lead­ing cause of death for young peo­ple in Aus­tralia, with one young per­son lost to sui­cide in WA each week,” he said.

“Our sup­port­ers hail from all walks of life and play a key role in help­ing Youth Fo­cus to con­nect and help with as many young peo­ple as we can.”

For sup­port, call the Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Life­line on 13 11 14.

Rae­gan Pig­gott.

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