A clothing and lifestyle brand, FTW Revolution, which raises funds for Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), has hired mental health experts because kids in need are contacting them for support.
FTW founder and SPA ambassador Matt Dee tragically lost his brother, sister, grandmother uncle and numerous friends to suicide.
He started FTW as a movement to help fight Australia’s number one killer of young people.
“We’ve become a first response, people don’t want to ring suicide hotlines (so) they’re contacting us because we’re approachable. We have had to bring in professionals,” he said
“We are definitely saving lives, I guarantee that.”
“We want kids growing up already aware that if they are not feeling OK or they don’t understand what’s going on, they talk to their parents or mates about it.”
Dee is one of the organisers behind the Plebs, Pros & Personalities 24-hour treadmill run for SPA, which was held at the weekend for the third year.
The event attracts hundreds of runners from athletes, models and TV stars to raise awareness and funds for SPA.
The third annual run raised $80,000, making a total of $230,000 since it’s first event.
Those lending their support on Friday and Saturday were South Sydney Rabbitohs players Greg Inglis and John Sutton, Home and Away’s Nic Westaway and Ada Nicodemou and models Jodi Anasta and Nikki Phillips and Kris Smith.
“People coming to the event and all of these famous people talking about mental health makes kids listen and might make the Government start listening,” Dee said.
“But more is needed.”
Someone in Australia kills themselves every four hours — suicide is the biggest killer of Australians aged 15 to 44.
“If every four hours a kid was dying on the road, people in orange suits would be out fixing potholes all over the country. It would be addressed immediately,” Dee said.
“The Government needs to do more about this. We’re in the dark ages, we are about 100 years behind.”
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