Most of us haven’t been taught how to process and make sense of uncomfortable feelings. As a result, when we or someone we love experience distress, we can feel helpless as to how best support them. I became an advocate for EquiEnergy Youth, because I was inspired by their want to reduce suffering amongst young people, but in particular by their approach – they call on adults within the community to engage and act, and therefore not only learn how to support others, but by osmosis, learn how to better support themselves. This is the type of approach that can stop intergenerational trauma in its tracts, as well as set a child up with a sense of emotional hygiene for the rest of their lives.
Dacre Danes is a huge advocate for improving mental health outcomes for young people and works tirelessly as an anti-bully campaigner, has written a book called Danyon and has a podcast called Bullrush that raise awareness and education on this and related topics. He generously donates his time to support our charity.
We asked Dacre why is youth mental health important to you?
”Because it controls everything you do, how you move, decisions, feelings”.
We are priviliged to have Kiara as a Youth Ambassador for EquiEnergy Youth. With a lived experience of mental health challenges, Kiara is well placed to comment on how important it is for adults to have the capacity to respond to young people when they are experiencing distress.
Delighted to announce that Australia’s very own rising super stars of music, Busby Marou joins our charity. Recognising there is a mental health crisis in Australia, Gold Aria number one band Busby Marou has joined forces as Ambassadors with Equienergyyouth to help on our mission toward building capacity in Australian communities to reduce the risk of suicide in young people. Thomas (Busby) and Jeremy (Marou) are promoting the work we do to equip adults with the skills & confidence to effectively respond to young people through episodes of distress using our evidence based Coach2Cope TAR3 Psychological First Aid method. Like ‘DR ABC’ for physical 1st Aid, ‘TAR3’ is the response method for psychological 1st Aid. EquiEnergy Youth are on a mission to show every adult in Australia this effective approach by 2030.
Having recently embarked on their latest, multi-leg ‘Blood Red’ tour, Busby Marou still take the time to support a charity they believe does important work in the community.
“We became ambassadors for EquiEnergy Youth because we are inspired by their strong resolve and approach to reduce psychological suffering amongst young people. As a father of four, I see the challenges young people face in the world today and the need for increased awareness of mental health and practical ways for families to support young people. EquiEnergy Youth calls on adults to engage and activate the systems around young people who are facing increasing psychological stresses every day.” says Thomas. “I’m proud to have grown up in our lucky country and to be in a position to support a local charity with an Australia-wide vision”.
It’s an absolute thrill and honour to have Busby Marou supporting us. From their humble roots to Aussie super-star status, Thomas and Jeremy have enjoyed an incredible rise to stardom however remain the grounded, humble, and kind people their many fans see through their music. Their willingness to support us is testament to their care and compassion for young people and those adults around them. The backing of Thomas, Jeremy and their team is a pivotal moment in our short history as we fight back together against a pandemic of a different kind.