A new podcast aiming to capture and share the experiences of young people with bullying has been launched this week to act as a strength-based tool for young people in similar situations.
City of Launceston’s Youth Advisory group launched the campaign, called SHOUT: Stories Untold, on Tuesday at Albert Hall to spread their anti-bullying message to both peers, and the broader community.
The advisory group acts as a consultative link between council and young people in the region, and is comprised of 16 young people between 12 to 25 years of age.
Charlie Fulton, 11, of Launceston Preparatory School, said the podcast project was about bullying and the importance of sharing stories.
“Some people out there are being bullied, it’s not just some mythical thing that’s happening,” he said.
“People want help and sometimes parents don’t know how to help, and the teacher doesn’t know how to help either.”
“So they want help from other people like me – and other people that have been through this experience – so they can relate to their experience; so they can help themselves.”
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The launch, coinciding with Mental Health Week, comes after a Resilient Youth Australia survey sent out to 14 Launceston schools in 2017 showed over 65 per cent of students had been bullied in the previous 12 months.
City of Launceston’s youth development officer Claudia Garwood said work began on the project during youth week back in April with planning and training sessions.
“Evidence from this survey highlighted that the biggest issues students were facing related to bullying and positive identity,” she said.
Along with the anti-bullying message, Ms Garwood said the process of learning how to create a podcast was an “important secondary competent” to the project.
Initially, the podcast will be showcased by the advisory group across local schools, radio and other media outlets.
But, once the group begin to see the public response and hear more young people come forward willing to share their stories, there is certainly room to grow.
“There’s six episodes at the moment but that could definitely expand,” Ms Garwood said.
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