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Hope for life photography project



Hope for life is an art therapy project that aimed to increase awareness of suicide among young people in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia (WA) through the use of photography.

The Hope for life project asked young people to plan, manage and execute a photography exhibition of original work, with the help of tuition from a local photographer. Project participants were asked to take two photos: one that represented how they felt when sad or hopeless, and the other how they felt when inspired or hopeful. The project culminated in a photo exhibition on the beach in Broome on World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September 2010).

The project's goals were to increase awareness of, educate about behaviours associated with, and teach how to protect against suicide. In particular, the project aimed to diminish social taboos that existed in the community in relation to speaking about suicide or asking for help when feeling sad.

This project was developed by the StandBy response service in partnership with headspace Kimberley, Burdekin Youth in Action and KinWay Anglicare WA.

Abstract adapted from Headspace


Karli Orazi
headspace Kimberley
3/2 Hamersley Street
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9193 6222
Fax: (08) 9193 6122

Lloyd Pigram
Burdekin Youth In Action
33 Louis St
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9193 6391

Zoe Evans
StandBy Response Service
Anglicare WA
Corner Weld and Fredrick Street
Broome WA 6725
Ph: 0458 889 937


Last updated: 14 July 2015
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