Grants aid in delivery of mental health program
Youth on Fire WA continues to receive support, with another grant to help the initiative deliver its mental health program to more children across Rockingham.
This week, YoF received a $10,000 Commonwealth Bank Centenary Grant and, earlier in the year, received a slice of $10,000 from the Cedar Woods Neighbourhood Grants Program.
YoF was launched last year after the suicide of a Baldivis teenager sent shockwaves through the community and the initiative aims to encourage youth to improve mental health through fitness.
The initiative sees young people at risk of suicide taken into an eight-week health and fitness program where they can access counselling support, regular gym classes and confidence-building activities.
Co-ordinator Rhys Peakman said the program had been successful and thanks to these grants the program would be rolled out to more students next school term.
“We want to build a culture, help kids build resilience and get kids mentoring other kids,” he said.
Mr Peakman said the grants would assist in gyms and transport costs, uniforms and sponsorship. “There are some families out there less fortunate than others, so we’re hoping to sponsor some kids to help get them into a sporting program they like,” he said. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.