Youth Solutions has once more partnered with Campbelltown Catholic Club to to bring back It Starts With Us, a campaign to help individuals support their peers who may be grappling with alcohol, drug or mental health challenges.

The campaign seeks to destigmatize seeking help for substance abuse and well-being concerns, empowering young individuals with practical resources to nurture themselves and aid their peers.

“To ensure our young people can have healthy, safe and well-connected lives, we have to give them the strategies and skills to look out for themselves and each other,” Youth Solutions CEO Geraldine Dean said.

“This campaign aims to normalise help-seeking for drug and alcohol related issues and aims to equip our young people and the next generation of youth supporters with some practical strategies to first take care of themselves and then to support their peers with these issues.

“From checking-in, through to navigating services and support options, we can all play a key role in helping our peers to get the support they need.”

The It Starts With Us campaign runs along with Youth Solutions and Campbelltown Catholic Club’s Health Pro+ project, which provides drug and alcohol education and support to emerging health and community service professionals, to assist them in both their personal and professional lives.

The campaign will encompass outreach activities at local tertiary education institutions, a robust digital campaign and distribution of the campaign’s goodies and ‘Guide To Supporting Others’.

Campbelltown Catholic Club General Manager Michael Lavorato praised the campaign and partnership, affirming the Club’s commitment to community safety.

“Everyone needs support at certain times in their lives, and this campaign highlights how we can do that in caring, non-intrusive but effective ways,” he said.

“We are proud to support Youth Solutions and its work on this important campaign.”

The community is encouraged to engage with the It Starts With Us campaign in the following ways:

  • Put your knowledge to the test and take the It Starts With Us is a quiz. Learn some practical tips for supporting others and go into the draw for a $200 Ultimate Gift Card
  • Check out the web page, tips video or download the campaign guide to supporting others: https://youthsolutions.com.au/young-people/supporting-others/
  • Reach out to Youth Solutions for a campaign pack or for help in navigating help and support services: info@youthsolutions.com.au or 4628 2319