Corey Taylor proudly got her hands this week on the first copies of Deep Dive, something she and other Wodonga young people have poured their hearts into.
Since January she has worked away on the publication, a joint project of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership, Junction Support Services, Wodonga Council and Department of Health and Human Services.
"I was involved with Junction; I had a case worker here and I lived in the refuge for a while," Ms Taylor said.
"I'm doing a course at Wodonga TAFE with graphic design, so she asked me if I'd like to be involved.
"Junction found a lot of the stories, and I reached out to some of my friends and my own story is in there.
"I was really inspired by the project - this is a way to really tell people what's going on and what's wrong."
Fifteen pages feature incredible stories of resilience, including life in residential care and navigating mental health issues.
As artistic director, Ms Taylor designed the cover artwork and brought Deep Dive together.
"The message that I really want to come out of this is we can do it, we can be heard and have a say," she said.
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Rachel Habgood has co-ordinated Junction's involvement, organising for 1000 copies to be printed.
"They [the regional partnership] wanted to hear more than the surveys, they wanted to hear the stories, and that's where the power comes," she said.
"I was blown away and really moved by the stories.
"It's the most significant piece of youth voice that I've seen in many years, particularly around mental health."