What is Stay Kind

The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation is launching the Stay Kind initiative in memory of Stuart Kelly, and in honour of his continued support and kindness to his brother Thomas and to others.

Stay Kind takes its name from Stuart’s initials, just as Take Kare uses the initials of his elder brother – Thomas.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that the Stay Kind initiative is proudly supported by the NRL, Channel Nine, Lifeline, Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels.

Stuart was the Parramatta Eels’ number one fan, while Ralph, Stuart’s dad, has always wholeheartedly backed the Wests Tigers.

The Foundation appreciates the support offered by the NRL, Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels in remembering and recognising the essence of what Stuart always stood for: Staying Kind.

Read Stuarts Story

WHY DONATE

It’s happening far too often – a young person decides to end their life as their world becomes too much to comprehend – they cannot see that tomorrow is a new day.

The Stay Kind initiative will promote the prevention of self-harm and suicide by running campaigns that promote better communication, changed behaviours and values for youth and the general community, through awareness initiatives in homes, schools, sporting codes, and the general community.

Please donate to our cause so that we are able to make an impact to reduce suicide.

“If we can save just one, we can save them all. Beautiful.” – Phil Gould

The origin of stay kind

Suicide rates amongst Australian youth are increasing significantly. The 1990s saw a substantial rise in suicide rates, we appear to be experiencing this again in recent years. In 2015, 3027 people ended their own lives in Australia. That’s 8 people every day, or 1 person every 3 hours. Of these 3027, half did not have a mental illness or had not accessed mental health services.

The responsibility for this loss of lives does not just rest with the individuals who decide to end their lives. As a society, we are currently experiencing significant

changes in social values, behaviours and respect shown to others. Social media is one of many platforms that demonstrates this. These changes do not only impact on ourselves – they impact on others too. Our culture of taking things on the chin can discourage youth from speaking out when respect from others is at its lowest. This is why it’s more important than ever to create an environment of kindness, care and empathy.

YOUR SUPPORT IS CRITICAL TO ADVANCING THIS MESSAGE AND HELPING TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND YOUTH SUICIDE.

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