Ybblue when theres help at hand

Year 12 students from Xavier Catholic College are taking to the streets to raise awareness about youth depression.

If you see a bunch of teenagers wandering the streets of Alstonville, Ballina and Byron Bay looking blue, dont be concerned.

The students are from Xavier Catholic College and they are wearing blue, plus handing out pamphlets and posters, to raise awareness for Ybblue, a national initiative for the prevention of suicide and youth depression.

The year 12 students nominate a charity to raise funds for and they chose Ybblue because it has an impact on their social group, said Xavier Catholic College co-ordinator Emma Smith. They know people who have committed suicide or who have experienced depression, and they really wanted to do something that related to them.

Ybblue is the youth campaign of beyondblue, the national depression initiative, and was designed by young people for young people.

Ybblues main resource is the website at where you can access information about symptoms of depression and anxiety, treatment options, fact sheets and a forum for young people to express their stories and experiences with depression.

So far the Xavier Catholic College students have raised $900 for Ybblue by selling ice blocks at their cross country day, lollies at lunchtime and hot chocolate on cold days.

They are young adults going out into the world and they need to gain an understanding of whats going on in the real world, said Emma. This is a chance for them to get out into the community, meet people and get involved.

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