Get Help Letters from the heart fuel fundraising drive

Youth Focus has launched a powerful new campaign to help prevent youth depression and suicide in our state.

We will share deeply personal letters penned by young people, revealing their innermost thoughts to depression and other mental illnesses.

This campaign aims to bring to the fore the personal struggles that mental illness can bring to the lives of our youth. Funds raised through this appeal will help Youth Focus continue its important work to provide free, face-to-face counselling sessions for young people and suicide prevention education programs in WA schools.

Young people need us, and we need you.

To Depression, I can feel you waiting at the door again. You have let yourself in and out since I was a child. Back then, I didn't even know that what I felt wasn't okay. It feels like I only just kicked you out and started sweeping the corners of my mind to get the dust off my joy and happy memories, and now you're back - and just like last time you are going to overstay your welcome and make it impossible to tidy up the dust that settles on my happiness and my confidence. You're a liar and a thief; you rob me of the good in my mind and tell me that it's my fault. You take the smile from my eyes and tell me that what is left of me is ugly. You steal my feeling and tell me that I am better off being numb. By the end of the week, I can feel you sapping my energy and telling me that I can't even get out of bed. Telling me that there's no point in trying because you were there and now I have no time for anything else. Looking in a mirror when you have moved in is just asking for trouble. Not good enough... that is all you can say as I stare at myself. I will never be good enough. There's too much of me, lumpy and jiggly and tall, but I am not enough. I take up too much space, even more when you have started to fill me up and expand into parts of me that I forgot existed. I don't want to let you in, just leave me alone. Raegan

If you are in an emotional crisis and require urgent support, please contact:

  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14

If you are looking for more information and online support, please refer to the following online resources:

To enquire about the services we can provide for you, or someone you, know please call:

(08) 6266 4333 More contact information