12 February 2016

My Story competition for young people

WA Health has launched a short story and photo competition on its Get the Facts website for young people.

The “My Story” competition, being launched during Sexual Health Week (8-14 February), encourages young people to share and reflect on their own stories, experiences and thoughts surrounding sexual health, puberty and respectful relationships.

WA Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program Manager Lisa Bastian said engaging young people in discussions about relationships and their experience of the physical and emotional changes of adolescence was important.

“Encouraging young people to share their experiences will help them feel more connected with their peers, give them greater confidence and ultimately reduce risk-taking behaviour,” she said.

Youth agencies in Perth also support the initiative. Craig Comrie, CEO of the Youth Affairs Council of WA (YACWA) said that finding creative ways to engage young people in discussions about sexual health helped remove the taboo often associated with it.

“The My Story competition provides young people an opportunity to share and reflect on their own experiences in order to help other young people and open up discussions”, he said.

The competition invites young people aged between 12 and 18 to submit stories or photos based on topics including respectful relationships and emotional wellbeing.

Winning entries will be posted to WA Health’s Get the Facts website which provides information about sexual health and relationships to young people in Western Australia. Winning entries will also be entered in a draw to win a GoPro HD Hero4.

Entries close Friday 25 March 2016. Visit getthefacts.health.wa.gov.au to learn more or to enter.

Fact File Sexual Health Week:

  • WA Sexual Health Week 2016 will run from Monday 8 February until Sunday 14 February
  • Sexual Health Week is targeted at youth aged 15 to 24 years
  • www.wasexualhealthweek.com.au (external site)

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