*CONTENT WARNING: This article discusses suicide and self-harm.*
After being in a dark place suffering with mental health issues and a complicated home life, Daniel* came to Outreach and turned his life around opening up a world of opportunities to him.
Daniel’s family was dysfunctional and he was on the verge of getting kicked out of high school due to his behaviour. Having no place to feel safe and struggling in school, Daniel experienced outbursts of anger and begun self-harming.
At his lowest point, Daniel attended Youth Off The Streets Outreach with a friend who mentioned he was worried about some of his behaviours. After a particularly hard day for Daniel, one of his friends told our youth workers that Daniel had plans to take his own life. Our team sprung into action and ensured Daniel was put on the path to recovery. Over the next months, while Daniel was regularly attending outreach, he began to build strong connections with our youth workers who have helped him begin to turn his mental health around.
Youth workers were also by Daniel’s side supporting him through a court case where he was charged with assault. After he was given a 6 month good behaviour bond, youth workers were able to work with him to control and regulate his emotions.
The Outreach Team then helped Daniel transition into a new school specialising in supporting young people with behavioural issues. The team took Daniel to school every day and picked him up in the afternoon for his first week, to make the transition easier. This led Daniel to begin attending school every day and gain support to address and manage his behaviours and mental health issues.
Daniel ended up attending every program the Outreach team had on offer last year and learnt a bunch of new skills. He learnt to surf, cook, play different sports, and about cultural healing practices on our camps. He also attends Outreach regularly and the team has been extremely proud of his behaviour at all of these programs.
It’s young people like Daniel, and all he’s achieved in the time we’ve worked with him, who give us the motivation to work hard and help more young people to reach their full potential.
* Name changed for privacy.
Help is available.
If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.
If you are in distress, please call Lifeline on 13 11 44 or chat online.
Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.
You can also reach the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or chat online.