Fo­cus on youth help

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

YOUNG peo­ple in Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana are seek­ing help from Youth Fo­cus at a younger age, ac­cord­ing to new sta­tis­tics.

Data has re­vealed that Youth Fo­cus sup­ports an av­er­age of 100 young peo­ple a year across the re­gion, with 13- and 14-year-olds com­pris­ing al­most 40 per cent of the client base so far this year.

Less than a third of those who sought help in the area this year were males. This comes de­spite re­search show­ing young men are three times more likely to take their own lives than young women.

The sta­tis­tics come as Youth Fo­cus pre­pares to launch the Young Men’s Project in Kwinana in a bid to help ad­dress the high num­ber of men who die by sui­cide.

Youth Fo­cus is call­ing for 50 young men be­tween the ages of 18 and 25 to vol­un­teer their time for the large-scale com­mu­nity fo­rum that aims to cre­ate real so­lu­tions to pre­vent sui­cide among males.

Youth Fo­cus has part­nered with Al­coa of Australia to hold the Kwinana fo­rum.

Each par­tic­i­pant will be paid $100.

Perth woman Lisa Dowie, whose 18-year-old son Kee­gan McAlpine died by sui­cide, will share her deeply per­sonal story at the event.

Wildcats star Greg Hire, who runs char­ity A Stitch in Time to en­cour­age re­silience in young peo­ple through sport, men­tor­ing and com­mu­nity work­shops, will also at­tend.

To reg­is­ter to take part in the Kwinana Young Men’s Project, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/young-mens-project-work­shop-kwinana-tick­ets51132406404.

If you or some­one you know needs ur­gent sup­port, con­tact the Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Life­line on 13 11 14.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d488851

Vol­un­teers (from left) Alma Bright, Gail Hawke, Dorothy Roberts and Eve Bath.

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