Carine teen awarded Tim Anderson Scholarship from Youth Focus


Tim Anderson Scholarship winner Ellen Slatter (Carine) with Ian Anderson (Tim’s father).
Tim Anderson Scholarship winner Ellen Slatter (Carine) with Ian Anderson (Tim’s father).

BATTLING mental health challenges inspired Carine teenager Ellen Slatter to help other young people facing similar issues.

The 18-year-old won a $2500 Tim Anderson Scholarship from Youth Focus to support her university studies.

Ms Slatter suffered from anxiety and depression from when she was 11-years-old and it eventually led her to leave school in Year 11.

She later completed a Tafe bridging course and is now in her first year of a social work degree at Curtin University.

“I am extremely honoured and overwhelmed to receive this scholarship as I work towards my dream of helping other young people,” she said.

The scholarship is in honour of 26-year-old Tim Anderson, who was killed by a drunk driver while cycling in Mosman Park in 2012, and supports the education aspirations of young West Australians involved in the work of Youth Focus, whether as current or former clients or post-graduate students undertaking study in the area of youth mental health.

Chief executive Fiona Kalaf congratulated Ms Slatter on her achievement.

“Ellen should be admired for her perseverance in working through her mental health challenges and her desire to help and support others confronted with similar issues,” she said.

“She should be acknowledged for her determination, her persistence and her willpower in continuing to find solutions to difficulties when they present.”

If you or someone you know needs support, call the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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