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Help Project up and running

Hunter Ramey from AESS recently won a HELP Project art contest for creating this image for the project
Hunter Ramey from AESS recently won a HELP Project art contest for creating this image for the project's website. More contests will be in place this year, to help promote the website and encourage children and teens to use it as a resource.
— image credit: Hunter Ramey image

The Help Project has become a one-stop, local website for kids of all ages to find whatever help they need.

If they need someone to talk to, the Help Project can find someone.

If they are being abused, feeling depressed or suicidal, having anger problems, or difficulties in their friendships, the Help Project will be there for them — at the click of a button.

The Help Project's Susan Eik presented to Harrison council Monday night, highlighting what they've achieved since starting up in 2012, and what their objectives are for 2014.

Kids around Fraser Cascade can look forward to more exiting contests, as a way to stay engaged with the project. And counsellors, parents, teachers and care givers will be kept in the loop through more partnership programs.

They'll be booking speaking engagements, getting kids involved in their committee, visiting schools, attending the Harrison Health and Wellness Fair in March, and even holding a video contest for students.

The website is ideal for students in Agassiz and Hope because it connects them to local services, Eik said.

"We're not some lofty national program," she said, but an aggregate of existing resources. A volunteer group of 10 people are on the committee, including Eik and school trustee Al Fraser. The project stemmed from the Little Black Book that used to be given out to students.

Each link to each resource has been checked and is fully operational, and they're hoping it has helped even one child or teen access what the help they need.

"We want them to know there is more than one way to get help,"  Eik said.

Several councillors acknowledged the work behind the project.

"Kudos to you for finding a need and doing something about it," Coun. Sonja Reyerse said. Coun. Allan Jackson said he will speak to the Communities in Bloom Committee to see if there's a way the two organizations can partner in the future.

The website is www.thehelpproject.ca.

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