Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Youth Support

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Youth Support

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A NETWORK has been established by young people to support young people who arenat coping too well with life.

Fact of the Matter was co-founded by Morgan Williams, and Bailey Southon who said that anon-coping can be for a variety of reasonsa.

aSome issues facing young people can be huge, daunting but nobody talks enough about them,a the 16-year-old said.

aIt seems things like bullying; emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; and youth suicide are taboo areas, and they shouldnat be.

aAs teens, we support and respect teens. Some are a[approximately]taughta that theyare nothing and thatas terrible. So, Fact of the Matter is where they can be comfortable.

aYoung people are everywhere looking for support, Alstonville, Ballina, Byron, Lennox Head and Lismore. Weare in those areas, and we really want to help.

aWeave stopped several young people from committing suicide. Iave been on the phone with young people when they think suicide is the only answer; itas horrible that they think that. …

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