Authors: Triple J National Youth Network, ABC Radio
Event: 1998 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Winner
Award category: Broadcast
Abstract: Reach Out was a youth suicide awareness and fund raising campaign on Triple J radio in July last year (14th - 21st). The core information about Youth Suicide was contained in a comprehensive 5 part documentary series that was broadcast on Triple J's Morning Show over the course of the week (complete series enclosed). Our principle mesage was that uyou're not alone if you've felt suicidal, you are not abnormal and you do have options. Each day, Reach Out explored an aspect of youth suicide ranging from: the warning signs, who is most vulnerable, effects of the mass media, coping with the loss of a loved one and prevention strategies. Formta wise, as you will hear, it included a highly researched and produced set up package, followed by an expert live in the studio and talkback. The talkback enabled young people to share feels and experiences of alienation and fear which in several cases they hadn't expressed before. As well as the documentary series, we ran 1 to 2 minte information drops across the network featuring empowering and relevatn advice from celebrities and young people like how you can help a friend who is suicidal, what are the early warning signs. The week culminated in a radiothon which raised nearly $200,000 for a youth suicide prevention web site.