1 in 4 young Australians is currently experiencing a mental health difficulty. But there’s an even bigger problem: 70% of those who need help don’t get it. And, suicide remains the leading cause of death of young Aussies. That means more young people take their own lives each year than die in car accidents.
After friends and family, the internet is the first place young people turn to for information and support. That’s where ReachOut.com comes in.
ReachOut is there – 24/7 – for whatever life throws at them. With tools, tips, advice for everything from dealing with exam stress to understanding how to get help for an issue that’s worrying them, ReachOut.com provides practical tools designed just for their needs, even when they don’t know what they’re looking for. Last year alone, ReachOut was there for more than 3 million people, and it's estimated that ReachOut prevented more than 300 fatal suicides.
Every dollar raised through Laps for Life will enable ReachOut to continue providing this vital service so that young people get the support they need to be happy and well.
If you or someone you know are in distress or need help right now, Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or Lifeline (13 11 14) both have counsellors you can talk to at any time of day, who will provide care and a listening ear.
Additional resources are available from ReachOut, through the below links.
HOW YOUR FUNDRAISING HELPS
Every dollar you raise is extremely important to us - here’s what your money will help us do:
will help develop self-help tools around the key issues affecting young people.
will enable our peer-to-peer forums to provide critical support to young people in distress.
will help ReachOut Parents continue to develop advice and information for parents and carers on key issues.