Providing innovative school-based programs for children and young people to develop their understanding of mental health issues and awareness of mental health service.
Zero 2 Hero's, Camp Hero is a five-mental health leadership program that trains young leaders to be mental health ambassadors within their schools and communities, empowering them to identify mental health problems and access help for themselves and/or others.
Funds raised: $10,650
In the 2014 pitch, Zero2hero raised money to fund 37 camp placements for students from 14 different schools across WA, training them in 'suicide first aid' and encouraging free and frank discussion around the topics that matter to them.
Camp Hero – zero2hero's five-day leadership program - is designed to remove the stigma surrounding mental health challenges among young people and empowers young leaders to be mental health ambassadors within their own communities. TFN funded 17 out of 37 camp placements for students from 14 different schools across WA, training them in 'suicide first aid' and encouraging free and frank discussion around the topics that matter to them.
All students over the age of 14 received an accreditation in Safe Talks, while younger participants learned from a clinical psychologist how to have a conversation about mental illness. Positive feedback from the students testified to an increase in knowledge and confidence about mental illness and the services available to help themselves or a friend who may be experiencing mental health challenges. A SLAM poetry workshop offered new ways to communicate through creative expression and the spoken work while a particular highlight was the inaugural camp graduation ceremony, as a platform for students to share what they had learned on camp and extend an invitation for parents and friends to involve themselves in the camp experience.
Participating in the TFN event has raised awareness of Z2H's programs and attracted in-kind professional skills, including mentoring and board secretarial support. For an organisation that is continually seeking opportunities to improve its program delivery, the duality of funding and equally valuable networks and in-kind resources so inherent in the TFN model will continue to benefit Z2H as it focuses on expanding its volunteer base and achieving sustainable funding.
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