Harrison Riedel Foundation

Suicide is the biggest killer of Australian youth – almost three times more young people die by suicide than car accidents, and unfortunately, suicide rates are rising.

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In 2014, Amanda and Scott Riedel’s 13-year-old son Harrison ended his life. He was in Year 7. There were no warning signs, no apparent causes of distress, and he did not reach out for help.

Suicide is the biggest killer of Australian youth – almost three times more young people die by suicide than car accidents, and unfortunately, suicide rates are rising.

 

Since that day in 2014, Amanda and her Crew have been working hard to prevent this from happening to another child or family. In 2017, the Harrison Riedel Foundation (HRF) was born. Early on in her research, Amanda recognised a significant barrier in the existing approach to suicide prevention: current support frameworks assume (incorrectly) that young people will know how and when to ask for help. The need for a tool that helps young people identify their feelings, track their moods and easily reach out to their support network became evident.

In 2019, the Harrison Riedel Foundation launched YourCrew, a free phone app that helps young people ask for help. The app allows users to check-in with themselves and their Crew, identifying emotions and analysing patterns. At the touch of a button, the user can alert their whole Crew to ask for assistance.

Click on the Your Crew Image to download the appTogether, through technology, we can help keep our young people safe.

YourCrew fits within young people’s routine, reducing the risk of them falling through the cracks. It does not rely on the availability of service providers such as counsellors, although it does provide easy access to professional help if needed. YourCrew is available 24/7, and support is literally in your pocket.

We know that when teenagers communicate about their feelings, it’s usually to their friends and peers. Let’s give these young people the guidance and tools to share healthily and respond safely.


Mission
: Our mission is to increase the rate of help-seeking for young people in emotional distress.

We do this by empowering young people to manage their distress through the YourCrew mobile App.

Vision: Our vision is to decrease the rate of intentional self-harm to zero.

Values: We are caring, empowering, courageous, inclusive, and transparent.

Website: https://www.harrisonriedelfoundation.com/

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