This will be my 7th Ride for Youth. My passion for the cause only continues to grow, grounded in particular by the schools we visit and stories we share each year.
Youth suicide and the mental health issues afflicting vulnerable young people are problems we must address together as a society. The social and economics costs of not doing so are enormous.
Youth Focus provides unlimited free and confidential counselling to young people in need - the counsellors are passionate, extremely capable and caring and the organisation is run to maximise both spending and focus on helping young people. I wish Youth Focus was around when my Dad was a kid and young adult - I can imagine that with early support and the proper tools he may have coped much better with the loss of his father and severe depression that has been a constant in his life and which he has tried to end a number of times.
All reasons I do what I can to raise money and awareness for the cause. By way of reference, it costs approximately $3,000 to provide counselling to a young client for the typical 6-month period spent with Youth Focus - and the results are compelling with thankfully no suicide among the 25,000 young people Youth Focus has helped over recent years. This year Youth Focus will help close to 4,000 people and a large part of the funds to do this come through donations to the Ride for Youth.
I thank you for supporting this great cause - your generous donation will make a real difference to the life of a vulnerable young person.
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