Together, through technology, we can help keep our young people safe
The Harrison Riedel Foundation aims to ensure all young people feel safe knowing that there are people who care about them. Preventive support is at the core of our work and we empower young people to make safer choices by providing them access to timely, accessible and trusted support.
With the belief, that together, through technology, we can help keep our young people safe, we have developed the YourCrew App.
The YourCrew app helps prevent small issues from escalating to a level that young people find difficult or impossible to manage and increase self-help and mental health literacy for both youth and the community.
Despite efforts from government and existing mental health providers, over the past ten years, the number of suicides in Australia for both young men and women aged between 15-19 years has increased by over 70%.
Our dream is to significantly reduce the high rates of youth suicide in Australia and to improve the health and wellbeing of the many young people who at some stage in their life experience feelings of emotional distress.
YourCrew is an app based program that aims to address the gaps in existing support services and provide a 24/7 access to support. It complements and supports existing formal frontline and community based mental health related services and provides informal, early stage intervention, allowing kids to help themselves to reduce the risk of distress escalating and becoming unmanageable.
The YourCrew app is a free, easily accessible tool for young people and communities everywhere. It can be used by any young person regardless of the factors that contribute to their emotional distress. It builds on the notion of community whether that be between the young person and their family or friends or between the users and the wider community of educative and support services.
Our aim, to increase help-seeking behaviour, reduce youth anxiety and increase mental health literacy and knowledge of help-seeking avenues.
After a successful pilot program we are ready to spread the word about YourCrew. A Dreams for a Better World grant will help us run a digital campaign to reach thousands of young people around Australia and increase awareness that a free support tool is available. The campaign will also strengthen our school program rollout once the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and school activity and schedules resume.