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Published on August 7th, 2014 | by St Peter's College

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Going beyondblue: Sea of blue to raise awareness for mental health

St Peter’s College boys have formed a united front to raise awareness of depression among boys aged 13 to 18.

School Captain, Darcy Kraljev and Vice Captain James Lanthios coordinated more than 570 boys and staff and organised for them to wear blue armbands last Saturday at whatever school event they were attending hoping that sheer numbers would do much to draw attention to a serious health issue among young boys and men.

“We wanted every boy on every team in every sport to wear a blue armband. We felt this would be  a powerful to show that we, as a school, are united in raising awareness in this important fight,”  Darcy Kraljev said.

“After consideration, we realised that this blue armband initiative was something we could do for the boys of this age. Our action, we felt, would help them understand that, should mental illness befall them, they were not alone and there was help available.”

James Lanthios added: “there is no shame in asking for help.  We did not want boys to feel that  depression and anxiety would be viewed as a weakness when there is help available.”

Saturday’s awareness effort is only part of a week long campaign in mental health. Other activities include…..

St Peter’s College, Headmaster, Simon Murray, expressing full support for the Captain and Vice-Captain’s initiative, said: “this is an excellent project and I laud their effort in bringing it about.   It’s initiatives like this that give me great hope for the wellbeing of our next generation.”

For further information, please contact Tracy McNamara at St Peter’s College on (08) 8130 3200 or 0411446924.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
•    Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents. 324 Australians (10.5 per 100,000) aged 15-24 committed suicide in 2012. This compares to 198 (6.4 per 100,000) who died in car accidents (the second highest killer).
•    If you think that you may be suffering from one of these conditions or know someone who is, there is always someone to help:
▪    Family, Trusted adult friends, school teachers
▪    Kids Helpline
▪    Lifeline
▪    Counsellors
▪    ReachOut.com
▪    Youthbeyondblue.com
▪    Doctor
▪    For more information go to beyondblue.org or phone the beyondblue Support Services on 1300 22 4636.

•    St Peter’s College, Adelaide, introduced Wellbeing in 2011 as a part of the School strategic direction
•    Over 1300 boys complete wellbeing lessons at St Peter’s College from ELC – Year 10 in a proactive strategy for mental health


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