End the suicide silence: Campaign home

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THE Border has embraced our campaign to end the silence surrounding suicide far beyond our hopes and expectations.

Together, our community has started a very powerful conversation. You can see how we've done that by clicking on the links below.

The next step is to effect real change. Find out how to do that by joining our petition at facebook.com/AlburyWodongaNeedsheadspace, or scroll down for more information.

THE BEGINNING

- It's time to talk about suicide

- The Baker family tells of the cruellest heartache

- 'We can prevent these tragedies': Dr McGorry joins our campaign

- Light can be shed on the darkness - a personal account

AUGUST 6

- 'We're shadows of our former selves': A family's grief

- Aplin: Young people deserve better

AUGUST 7

- WE'LL USE IT: Hundreds join headspace campaign

- JEFF KENNETT: It's not a crime to be depressed

AUGUST 8

- FLICKERS OF LIGHT FOR AIMEE: Koehler family uses daughter's death to protect others

AUGUST 9

- 'SOUL-DESTROYING': Wife tells of husband's fall

- FIGHT WORTH HAVING: Sport stars join the campaign

AUGUST 10

- CASSIE'S STORY: 'I can't imagine not being here'

- BULLYING: #1 worry among Albury youth

AUGUST 11

- YOUTH CRISIS: No headspace for our kids

- POSTER GIRL: Student artist steps up campaign

- VIDEO SPECIAL: Murray Hartin recites 'Rain From Nowhere'

AUGUST 13

- STATS SHOCK: Suicide numbers higher than road toll

- Four special words help Dale Skinner fight bipolar disorder

AUGUST 14

- 'WE'RE CLOSED': Suicidal teenager turned away from hospital

- SUICIDE FORUM SPECIAL: 'Six dead and no one gives a damn'

AUGUST 15

- PND: Life at the end of the tunnel

- Mental health system a 'basket case': Priest

AUGUST 16

-School kids take up the fight

- Searching for Compassionate Friends

AUGUST 17

- STAR POWER: Lauren Jackson joins the campaign

AUGUST 20

- KEEP RALLYING: Minister says Border has 'strong case'

- 'Suicide doesn't end with the suicide'

- One question that could save a life

AUGUST 25

- NEW STATS: 2000 mental health patients every month

- Watch with your ears: Ending the silence with music

- It's never quiet for the staff at Nolan House...

- Youngest MP joins headspace rally call

AUGUST 27

- ALARMING FIGURES: Most jail inmates have mental health issues

AUGUST 30

- Women, children returning to violent home because of housing shortage

SEPTEMBER 5

- Walbundrie death prompts SafeTALK

SEPTEMBER 6

- Still no help for 'most vulnerable' before court

- VIDEO: Bright teen's haunting anti-bullying video

SEPTEMBER 7

- AIR TIME: Star FM joins headspace appeal

SEPTEMBER 8

- A cry for help: Children, teens needing help rises 66%

SEPTEMBER 10

- Walk reflects on loved ones lost

SEPTEMBER 11

- Call to teen never came

- They've failed my son

OCTOBER 18

- School's out for headspace rally

- Border Mail a Walkley finalist

OCTOBER 19

'I want bullies expelled'

OCTOBER 20

- Mum fears that bullies will walk

OCTOBER 31

- Calls for Border to unite after suicide tragedies

NOVEMBER 1

- Ignoring it isn't helping

NOVEMBER 2

- Long wait ahead for Border headspace

NOVEMBER 3

- Every name is vital

NOVEMBER 10

- Event tackles Border teen terror epidemic

- Able to hide, untouched by pain, bullies are relentless

- Bullies are destroying my daughter's life

NOVEMBER 17

- Teenagers point finger at Facebook

- School's cannot turn their back

- Child's Play; Debate rages over social media use among pre-teens

NOVEMBER 24

- FOR AIMEE: A sister's moving tribute

Now it's up to you to make a real difference...

Albury-Wodonga is one of Australia’s largest regional areas without a federally funded centre for youth mental illness.

We believe we need to change that. And we need to act together.

Border politicians and former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett have joined the fight, throwing their weight behind the establishment of a headspace centre here.

headspace centres are for people aged 12 to 25 and in the past five years have helped almost 70,000 people deal with depression, anxiety and stress.

All are leading causes of youth suicide — the biggest killer of young people, responsible for one in four deaths.

There are 40 centres across Australia, but the nearest to the Border at Bendigo and Wagga.

Another 15 will be rolled out next year, the nearest of those at Shepparton.

Mr Kennett, who has led national mental health initiative beyondblue since 2000, says that is too far away.

WE BELIEVE IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ONE OF THESE CENTRES IS BASED IN ALBURY-WODONGA.

To show your support, grab a Border Mail newspaper this week and cut out the printed butterfly. Write your name, age and a message (if you have one) about why the Border region needs a headspace.

Then post it to us, or simply drop it into a Border Mail office.

We'll stick every butterfly in the window of our Dean Street office in Albury. It will send a clear message to the Federal Government.

Also, click here to like the "Albury-Wodonga needs headspace" Facebook page. It's another simple way to show your support.

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