Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council

Abi Cooper

Abi grew up in the small town of Yeppoon, land of the Darumbal people. She currently lives in Brisbane, Queensland where she studies a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Queensland.

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Bridget Moore

Bridget is a queer individual who was born, bred and raised in Melbourne. They work casually at batyr and uses the power of storytelling to reduce stigma and encourage others to seek help. Bridget also studies full-time and volunteers when they can. Their lived experience of complex mental health and losing a loved one to suicide has sparked and evolved a passion for mental health, and a desire to be involved in change, improvement and advocacy for mental health.

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Devika Krishnan

Devika is a freelance writer, student, engineer and activist who grew up in Brisbane and currently studies in Melbourne. Her personal experience with treatment resistant depression and the hurdles she has faced to seek adequate treatment has driven her to educate herself on mental wellbeing and the barriers that exist for at risk communities, due to systemic separatism.

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Elroy Gelok

Elroy has been a resident of Perth his whole life and is a passionate political, community and youth mental health volunteer. Elroy currently studies Commerce at Curtin University. His interest in this topic is for the purpose of communicating “the knowers and the doers” to cooperate in achieving outcomes for government and society.

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Emilia Hawcroft

Emilia was born and raised in Perth, though once lived in Florida, before returning in 2018. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in mid-2018, which included a double major in Politics & International Relations and History.

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Jack Smith

Jack is from the regional city of Mildura, Victoria and is currently studying a double degree of Occupational therapy and Applied science at La Trobe university. Jack is also the vice chair of Mildura’s local headspace Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

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Kirsten Fobi

Kirsten lives in South-West Sydney and is studying a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in child and community studies, and sub-majoring in criminology. Throughout her studies she has developed a keen interest in social justice and hopes to pursue a career within child and youth welfare and protection.

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Rose Barton

Rose grew up in Geographe on the south coast of Western Australia for the first nineteen years of her life. After spending a year living in London she returned to Australia to study a Bachelor of Design majoring in Fine Arts and Marketing at the University of Western Australia. During this time, she gained a place in the Golden Key International Honour Society.

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Winona Gray-Levett

Winona lives in Orange, New South Wales and is currently completing a Cert III in Community Services as a part of a traineeship with a homelessness and domestic violence support service in Orange. Previously she completed a Diploma of Music Industry and hopes to someday combine both her love of music and helping people into a career.

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