The Youth Focus mission is to stop youth suicide in Western Australia and to minimise the dramatic impact that depression has in the community.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics report shows that Western Australia is still losing more than one person to suicide a day – nearly 400 people in 2015. This includes 59 young people, equating to more than one person under the age of 18 each week. At the same time, thousands of young people quietly suffer the despair that anxiety, depression and self-harming brings to their lives.
Youth Focus knows that around 75 per cent of all mental health issues will first manifest in a person 25 years or younger. Youth Focus also knows, from a clinically proven model, that the earlier the intervention for young people with mental health issues, the more likely it is that they will go onto become resilient adults.
Since 2000, Youth Focus has successfully empowered more than 18,500 young Western Australians to understand and deal with their mental health issues. There is no doubt that there is an increasing demand for Youth Focus services. Therefore, Youth Focus relies on supporters like Bicycling Western Australia to hold events that will benefit more young people across Western Australia.
Taking part in Luminocity will not only give people a sense of fun and the benefits of physical activity but will also shine a light on the importance of creating a community of healthy and happy-minded people. Riding promotes a healthy, active lifestyle which evidence shows is integral to people having healthy, active minds.
Please support Luminocity and support the mental health of the young people of Western Australia.
You can make your ride count even more by creating your own fundraising page. Every cent raised goes directly to Youth Focus.
2017 Luminocity – Night Ride Perth raised over $5000 for Youth Focus to support their vital services for the youth of Western Australia.