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Hawaiian Ride for Youth raises a record $2.4 million

The record-breaking 2017 Hawaiian Ride for Youth has broken yet another record with $2,486,637 being raised to date. The total surpasses last year’s $2.356 million and is likely to rise higher as further donations are received. The Ride, which has become known as one of Western Australia’s premier charity events, raises awareness and funds for […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth mental health – superheroes have bad days too!

Young people are being encouraged to talk about mental health and wellbeing at a special Perth festival during National Youth Week (March 31 to April 9). Superhero YOUth will be held at the very cool Urban Orchard space in the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, April 2. Special highlights include […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Help shape brighter futures for young people with mental illness

Hundreds of young Western Australians with mental health issues will require extra intervention in early 2017, Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf said today. “The start of the academic year or a return to work often elevates stress levels in young people who confront issues including bullying, loneliness and peer pressure,” she said. “And this can […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Music Making Peer Support Day

The October Peer Support Day was a day of music making as seven young people pushed their comfort zones and made music with one another. By writing a song together, the group explored some of their similar challenges, values, and joys. Later, the group enjoyed playing a variety of percussion instruments in groups and pairs […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Increasingly complex problems for youth with mental health issues

Young Western Australians with mental health issues are presenting with more complex problems, according to the Youth Focus Progress Report for 2015-16. About 35 per cent of young people who were referred to Youth Focus during the year presented with moderate to severe mental health concerns representing an increase of five per cent from the […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Demand soars for Youth Focus services in the Peel region

The demand for mental health services for young people in the Peel region and Rockingham more than doubled in the first six months of 2016 compared to all of 2015, according to Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf. “From January to July this year, Youth Focus provided services to 90 young people in Peel and Rockingham […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth mental health services in demand in Joondalup area

An increasing number of young people aged 12 to 25 in the Joondalup area are seeking help for their mental health issues, according to Danielle Hill,  Clinical Lead at Youth Focus’ Joondalup office. Ms Hill said this showed that more young people and their families were recognising the need to seek early intervention. “Youth Focus […]... [READ MORE HERE]

There’s light on horizon in arresting suicide toll

Isn’t it alarming that as Mental Health Week gets underway, suicide is still the number one cause of death of young people under 18 years of age? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 59 children were lost to suicide out of a total of nearly 400 Western Australians who took their own lives in […]... [READ MORE HERE]

2017 Hawaiian Ride for Youth Launched: New Mid-West route, from Geraldton to Perth, announced

The biggest charity event on Western Australia’s fundraising calendar – the award-winning Hawaiian Ride for Youth in support of Youth Focus – will include a Mid-West route in 2017 from Geraldton to Perth. Next year’s Hawaiian Ride for Youth was launched last night and 2017 will mark the fifteenth anniversary of this iconic event, to […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Future Generation Investment Fund donates $116,000

Youth Focus is pleased to announce that it has received a donation of almost $116,000 from shareholders of the Future Generation Investment Fund (FGX). A partner of Youth Focus since 2015, FGX is committed to making a difference to the lives of Australian children with a focus on children at risk.  A unique aspect of the […]... [READ MORE HERE]

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