The Alannah & Madeline Foundation applauds the Andrews Government’s decision to deliver $27 million in funding to help reduce the rate of suicide across the state.
Speaking from the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) Conference in Melbourne, Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta encouraged the Government to work with the Foundation as part of the rollout, which will aim to halve suicide over the next decade.
She said one in five school children are bullied in Australia. Statistics from Duke University in the US show that bullying victims are two-to-nine times likely to commit suicide in their teenage years.
Ms Podesta said the Foundation provided a number of programs, including Children Ahead and eSmart, which with increased funding could help the Government deliver on its promise.
“This is a great opportunity to really make a difference,” Ms Podesta said. “During the past 19 years the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has helped protect almost 1.6 million children from violence and bullying, we also run programs that support children dealing with domestic violence and traumatic family situations.
“We hope Mr Andews will work with the Foundation to deliver these programs and save more lives.”
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