It was a LivingWorks safeTALK presentation which brought Gosford North Rotary and Lifeline Central Coast members together in 2012 with a shared vision to improve youth experience on the Central Coast. The Gosford North Rotary Save Our Kids Project (SOKS) was born, equipped with a dual project, one for youth advancement and the other to prevent youth Suicide.
With most of the training taking place in the 36 secondary schools throughout the coast, SOKS training programs like the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop and the Mind Your Sports Mates awareness training for athletic youth aim to assist all 23,000 students and 2,400 school staff. With such massive reach, SOKS is advancing the number of trained caregivers who are able to identify at risk youth, therefore enabling them to find the help they need and decreasing rates of youth suicide and self harm locally.
To learn more about this partnership and how they continue to succeed in this area, check out the ‘SOKS Project’ write up via this link.