Victorious Campaign!

Pivotal moment: VICTORY! at Wednesday the 8th of January, 2014

The number of support we have had has been amazing! On behalf of our campaign group we would like to thank everyone who has backed us up and supported us!

Kathy Phetrasi
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STUDENTS REACH OUT: Hold mental health awareness days and workshops in our school

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Campaign ran from 13th of November, 2013 to 8th of January, 2014

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Mental health is becoming a larger problem among young teenagers in schools. Imagine if you had a close friend who tried to commit suicide thinking it was the easy way out of life because they felt as they were alone, worthless, isolated, hopeless, depressed, felt as they had no one to talk to and couldn't handle it anymore. Imagine if it was too late to help. Mental health is a very sensitive topic that we would like students to understand therefore being able to prevent self-harm and suicide.

There are a lot of young people who suffer from mental health issues. Prevalence data from the ABS 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing confirm that many young people experience mental health disorders. This is a problem we can no longer ignore. High suicide rates in early to mid adulthood are related to untreated mental health problems in the late teenage and adult years. Many students are afraid to speak up about how they are feeling or reach out for help. We want that to change.

We believe that we need to start having more conversation about mental health in schools and letting students know they are not alone. We can do this by running workshops and having mental health awareness days. With students being more aware and educated about mental health, this can help those who are suffering or friends and family members who are suffering. It could save lives. We want students to be educated on how to look after themselves whilst going through one of their stressful periods of their life.

Our goal is to hold mental health awareness days, assemblies and workshops in schools where speakers from places like Headspace come and talk to students about mental health issues. We need your support to make this happen and end the silence about mental health. so please back up our campaign!

You can find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/studentsreachout
Statistics:
http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/25C95D1E36F1B968CA257762001AC54B?OpenDocument
- http://www.headspace.org.au/about-headspace/what-we-do/why-headspace
- http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/mental_illness_and_health/mh_stigma.aspx

  • Approximately 14% of 12-17 year olds and 27% of 18-25 year olds experience these problems each year.
  • 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25.
  • Up to 50% of substance use problems are preceded by mental health issues in young people.
  • High suicide rates in early to mid adulthood are related to untreated mental health problems in the late teenage and early adult years.
  • Overall, mental health and substance use disorders account for 60-70% of the burden of disease among 15-24 year olds.
  • Currently only one in four young people experiencing mental health problems actually receives professional help.
  • Even among young people with the most severe mental health problems only 50% receive professional help.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 of people felt depression was a sign of personal weakness and would not employ a person with depression.
  • One in 5 said that if they had depression they would not tell anyone.

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