Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria)
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party have had a bit of a motto since we entered Parliament a few years ago: prevention is better than cure. LifeChanger is the first pre-emptive program of its kind. LifeChanger identifies and develops local community mentors, then connects them with teenagers to help build a sustainable ‘village of support’. To date, there hasn’t been a national strategy to provide foundational support that builds self-esteem and ignites a community of mentors to enable and nurture positive self-identity for young people. Why are we responding to mental health crises, rather than preventing them? Just last week, my office and I joined in the chorus of voices for R U OK? Day. This is a great concept and gets a conversation started but it would be great to have a network of help and mentorship already established so kids know where to go the moment they have negative thoughts. LifeChanger’s mission is to empower teenagers by providing the resources, skills, education and pathway they need to develop a positive self-identity, self-awareness and resilience. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I’d like to give a shout-out to the LifeChanger program for building that village to help raise positive kids.