Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Community urged to support youth suicide appeal

A Dawesville mother whose 14-year-old son took his own life has embraced an emotive new appeal to raise funds and awareness about the devastating impact of youth suicide. Speaking just days before the second anniversary of Terry Scott’s death, Danielle Edwards said she had been compelled to share her deeply personal experience of losing her […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth Focus launches new branding to better connect

Youth Focus has unveiled its dynamic, approachable new identity in a bid to better engage and connect with young people, amid statistics that show suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Western Australia. The brand launch comes as Youth Focus thanked the important contributions of its supporters who help turn the […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth Focus pays tribute to its supporters

Youth Focus has thanked the important contributions of its many supporters who help turn the tide on youth suicide, announcing the winners of the 2017 Make A Difference Awards on Wednesday night. Eight awards were presented to worthy recipients from all walks of life at a special presentation ceremony at Fraser’s, Kings Park. The annual […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth Focus praises “yes” vote on same-sex marriage

Youth Focus has welcomed today’s overwhelming “YES” vote for marriage equality in Australia, saying the result will play a role in reducing the risk of suicide in the community. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released results of the national postal survey on same-sex marriage this morning at 7am (WDST), revealing that 61.6% of clear responses […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Mental health as important as physical wellbeing

Strengthening mental health literacy and continuing frank, open conversations is the key to supporting communities, a Youth Focus Mental Health Week breakfast heard this morning. Mental Health and Health Minister Roger Cook told the gathering at Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, that Mental Health Week provided an opportunity to continue open conversations about mental health among […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Suicide statistics a “call to action”

New statistics have revealed a drop in the number of suicide-related deaths across Australia, but Youth Focus says more investment and awareness is needed to save young lives. The Australian Bureau of Statistics report, Causes of Death data 2016, released this morning, shows that 2866 people died from intentional self-harm in Australia, compared to 3027 […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Learn more about mental health advocate and Youth Reference Group member, Lily

1. Why did you become involved in the Youth Reference Group? I was forwarded an email regarding the Youth Reference Group at a time when I was recuperating from the mental stress of year 12. It was something I not only wanted to do to contribute in helping young people cope with difficult times, but […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Seeking young Ellenbrook men for mental health workshop

Young men aged 18 to 25 who live in Ellenbrook have the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding suicide and mental health at a workshop on Saturday, September 9. Each participant will be given a $100 voucher to attend the Young Men’s Project workshop which will be held from 10am at the Coolamon Oval Pavilion, […]... [READ MORE HERE]

On the Blog: Stigma and Isolation in Rural Communities

An opinion piece written by Tye Gerrard, member of the Youth Focus Youth Reference Group Spending the majority of my formative years growing up in rural Queensland, I had first hand exposure to the hardships experienced in these communities. In particular, periods of drought as well as low socioeconomic circumstance affecting many families. To this extent, […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Peer Support attends Cirque du Soleil!

Earlier this year, 14 Youth Focus clients were fortunate enough to attend the latest Cirque du Soleil show, Kooza! After getting to know each other during dinner, the group travelled to Belmont Race Course where they were impressed by the big top, incredible acrobatics, clowning, and artistic performances that adorned the stage. There were many […]... [READ MORE HERE]

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