Positive turn to own struggles
BATTLING mental health challenges inspired Carine teenager Ellen Slatter to help other young people facing similar issues.
The 18-year-old won a $2500 Tim Anderson Scholarship from Youth Focus to support her university studies.
Ms Slatter suffered from anxiety and depression from when she was 11 years old and it eventually led her to leave school in Year 11.
She later completed a Tafe bridging course and is now in her first year of a social work degree at Curtin University.
“I am extremely honoured and overwhelmed to receive this scholarship as I work towards my dream of helping other young people,” she said.
The scholarship is in honour of 26-year-old Tim Anderson, who was killed while cycling in Mosman Park in 2012, and supports the education aspirations of young West Australians involved in the work of Youth Focus.
Tim Anderson Scholarship winner Ellen Slatter with Tim’s father Ian Anderson.