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With traditional service delivery struggling to meet the needs of young people’s mental health issues, the Inspire Foundation looks toward new technologies and online communication to provide information and support to young Australians going through tough times. Sophie will discuss how over recent years ReachOut.com has evolved to utilise multiple online channels – including a peer-led online community and social media channels – in its approach to mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention.
These spaces provide a safe, moderated place for young people to ask questions, discuss difficulties and learn from and support each other. Key to the success is managing and supporting a group of 18 volunteer youth moderators. Sophie will share tricks of the trade in recruiting and engaging the right group of volunteers to become community leaders and supporters.