MT LAWLEY High School student Lauren McDonald (16) said a mental health leadership camp helped her see everyone’s story had equal value.
Mental health charity Zero2Hero’s first five-day camp for 2017 included 43 students from years 9 to 12 from WA schools who were educated on various topics to help develop leadership and become mental health ambassadors.
Lauren said she had an interest in helping others with mental health issues.
“I want to help others; the camp showed me that no one’s stories are more or less valuable than mine. We heard from a few speakers who have dealt with mental health issues and are trying to make a change,” she said.
Davis Burke said he may choose a different career path after attending the camp.
“I wanted to go into law but the camp gave me an insight into how mental health affects everyone and I would like to pursue a path helping people affected,” he said.
Zero2Hero chief executive Ashlee Harrison said more than 450 young people across the state were now trained in suicide prevention and mental health leadership.
“These young leaders now know what to do if they encounter someone who is suicidal,” she said.