Stop bullying in real time, online, with Community Brave
LAST UPDATED // Monday, 26 August 2013 00:11 Written by // Mathew Galea
Members of the community are being invited to take part in a new initiative addressing bullying, self-harm and suicide prevention among LGBTIQ young people.
Launched and developed by anti-bullying organisation Community Brave Foundation, volunteers will take part in the Champions Training Program, which aims to arm participants with skills in supporting at risk young people online and on social media.
Community Brave Founder and Chairman Rami Mandow (pictured) said the program will help participants understand the role of digital technology in bullying, as well as gain broader insights on social health issues such as minimising self-harm and suicide prevention.
The program includes curated modules from LivingWorks (Lifeline), Wesley Mission, Mental Health First Aid, Twenty10, NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, The Cyber Safety Lady and the Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust.
“The program we have put together will help our champions take these skills into the community and help address bullying in real-time, mostly through social media,” Mandow said.
The Champions Training Program launches in October and will run during the weekends in Sydney for a duration of six weeks.
Participants who complete the program will be given the opportunity to apply for a graduates’ course, comprising a further six weeks of training in early 2014.
Only graduates of the Champions Training Program will be offered roles to work at The Community Brave Foundation’s office helping young people in real time, online, deal with bullying.
“I have heard so many times that people want to help, want to volunteer their time, want to be able to contribute to making the lives of young people easier,” Mandow said.
“Now is their chance to do so.”