Youth Ambassador Makhala Swinson with examples of the 1000 postcards, which forms part of her project to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide.
Youth Ambassador Makhala Swinson with examples of the 1000 postcards, which forms part of her project to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide.

Youth mental health in spotlight

MAKHALA Swinson turned her life around after suffering from mental illness, and is now helping others from her experience.

A year ago, the Rockhampton girl was almost on the verge of death due to her mental health issues.

But the 18-year-old got her life back on track and has joined a team of social workers and school counsellors as part of the second annual 1000 Postcards Project.

The team comprises Peta Lloyd, Sarah hicks, Lorraine Szepanowsk, Michelle McNamara and Kate Barrow and Makhala.

The youngest of the group, Makhala is a Youth Ambassador for ReachOut.com, an online mental health service for the youth.

She said it was great to be a part of something that gave her hope during her struggles.

"It may seem like a small thing but sometimes they're the ones that make the most difference," she said.

The project will run over the next few weeks on Thursday nights at Stocklands from 6.30pm in the store opposite Loot and Cosmetics Plus.



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