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Mental & Physical Health

The Story

Amelia is Aiden's best friend. His rock. His confidant. His cheerleader, comedian and buddy. You know how important it is to have one of these people in your world.

One day Aiden called Amelia for a chat. But she didn't answer. Amelia's mum told Aiden that Amelia had attempted suicide.

After that day Aiden saw things differently. He did things differently.

"I wanted to be the best doctor in the world so I could help her, I wanted to be in the NBA so I could pay the best doctors to help her… but I just couldn't."

In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people. Aiden realised that sometimes it was easier for Aussie kids to take their own lives than it was to open up and talk about what was going on for them.

He wanted to make a space to fight that. So Aiden started the SwishStart program to help other kids learn about mental health stuff.

SwishStart brings together young people and uses Aiden's passion for the highs and lows of basketball as a way to re-package messages about mental health. Mostly it's just about being together and letting young people know it's OK to speak up when you're struggling.

Start conversations about hard stuff, your way.

Helpful Stuff

  • Identify the topic you want to talk about and who you want to talk about it to
  • Find an interesting way of starting the conversation. It might be sport, art or writing. Be creative.
  • Tap into local organisations who are already working around your issue and offer to volunteer
  • Need some funding? Apply for Propeller funding
  • Swishstart
  • Headspace

Thank You

  • Gai and John Junee Caravan Park
  • Capital Chemist, Junee
  • Junee High School
  • The Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory
  • Young Social Pioneers