feature helping young heroes become mental health ambassadors with zero2hero
When a person is dealing with a mental illness, accessing the right mental health support can be the difference between life and death.
zero2hero is a Perth-based not-for-profit organisation committed to youth mental health and the prevention of suicide. Their vision is that every child and young person is educated and empowered to positively manage their mental health and help others to do the same.
empowering young people to become mental health leaders
Chevron Australia is proud to help zero2hero deliver Camp Hero Chevron – a five-day intensive youth training camp that brings together students, mentors, and experts to equip young people to become mental health leaders and ambassadors in their community.
Our funding, as zero2hero’s Empowerment Partner, enables students to attend the life-changing camp for free. The Chevron-supported camp took place over the October school holidays, with 32 students taking part.
Camp Hero brings together students, mentors, and experts to focus on self-awareness, physical health, mental health, challenge and community impact. It gives young people a week to prioritise themselves and their mental health, and to learn how they can support others to do the same.
“We created Camp Hero in 2013 to provide young people with a space to discover who they are, what they truly value, and how to better support themselves, their peers, and the world around them. Since then, we have created a variety of one-of-a-kind camps for thousands of young people,” said Ashlee Harrison, zero2hero CEO.
Ashlee Harrison, zero2hero CEO
Since August this year, zero2hero have held five camps, with 143 students aged 13 to 18 years old from 60 schools across WA graduating from the program. These new graduates join thousands of Camp Hero alumni across the WA community.
building resilience and achieving goals
Chevron Australia’s support as Empowerment Partner also supports other zero2hero programs, including the Chevron Tough Stuff program – an eight week program for year 5 & 6 students which helps them build resilience with physical training and mental coaching to accomplish their goals.
Throughout the program, the team supports students in reaching the required milestones needed to complete the ultimate milestone – a 4km run. The program is suitable for all fitness levels and has a strong focus on setting goals and participation.
The Chevron Tough Stuff course is designed for students to come away with improved confidence, a sense of achievement and a toolkit of life skills to use in the future.
“Protecting our people is at the heart of everything we do at Chevron Australia, and we know mental health and wellbeing is an important and ongoing conversation,” said Dr Max Hills, Chevron Australia’s Chief Medical Officer.
Dr Max Hills, Chevron Australia Chief Medical Officer
“We have partners like Chevron to thank for supporting us and sharing in our vision of empowering young people and preventing suicide in Australia” said Ashlee.