Pos­i­tive turn to own strug­gles

Stirling Times - - News -

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.

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