The Roar Effect has been gaining traction since its launch in early 2013. The initiative exists with a simple motivation: to traffic hope to young people who don't feel they have any. Youth suicide rates are at an unacceptable level in Australia. We can make a difference. The Roar Effect is an initiative that inspires individuals to make their 'ROAR' heard, and let those who struggle with thoughts of suicide and self-harm know they are in fact not alone. The National Roar Effect Coordinator, Jodie Christinat, shares an update...
We are certainly privileged to live in a nation like Australia
In ‘The Lucky Country’, it seems hard to believe that anxiety and depression are two of the most diagnosed conditions. According to a report recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics; suicide has overtaken car accidents as the leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Statistics like these are exactly why The Roar Effect exists. As a Church, we know that Jesus is HOPE and that hope is truly the only answer for people suffering with such conditions.
We have an exciting initiative coming up in just two months for anyone to be involved with. We are also amazed by some of the things The Roar Effect has seen happen over the last twelve months since our initial launch.
1. Forming social media collaboration groups with Youth Pastors, Chaplains and leaders from all over the world.
2. Hosting Roar Effect events through local Church Youth Ministries and seeing around 130 young people come to Jesus
3. Hosting a Leadership breakfast in Sydney last year with Ps Phil speaking and had around 60 leaders attend.
4. Hosting our first Leadership breakfast in Adelaide last month also with around 60 leaders, representing 12 Churches and 4 denominations, sharing the Roar Effect vision and seeing great connections made.
5. We have produced some Roar Effect T-Shirts and these are being worn all over Australia, spreading the message that 'Hope Roars'.
6. We launched a campaign called 'Revolution Red Campaign' and have 18 coordinators around Australia and 1 in New Zealand, all working to get the campaign happening in their local area.
7. Our Joondalup coordinators are hosting a Student Leadership breakfast this month with a few schools in the area attending.
8. We hosted a Student Leadership breakfast at Oxford Falls Grammar School last year in conjunction with our Oxford Falls Youth Pastors, we had 9 local schools in attendance.
9. We have started developing a School seminar program that we will take into schools addressing many of the prevalent issues facing teens today.
10. We have people signing up for the Revolution Red Campaign, including a march across one of the Thursday Islands, a fundraising horse carnival event in Victoria, mum’s hosting fundraising morning teas, people hosting awareness and fundraising parties in their apartment blocks and entire schools and businesses wearing red and promoting the cause.
On September 10th, in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, The Roar Effect is hosting the 'Revolution Red Campaign'. Our vision statement shapes all of the initiatives we create:
That we would be traffickers of hope to people who feel they have none.
Will you join us in our mission?