What is RightByYou?
RightByYou is a youth peer-to-peer suicide prevention website designed by and for young people. It supports young people who want to help their friends experiencing a mental health crisis.
Young people identified they wanted instantly accessible information to empower them to safely engage and support a friend who is showing suicidal signs online. RightByYou promotes Australia’s leading best-practice youth suicide prevention resources. The website aims to build young people’s confidence in identifying warning signs, initiating important conversations and referring friends to help.
What is right by you and when would I use it?
RightByYou is an online tool created by young people for young people which is designed for young people in mind to have that kind of informed lens of where to go what to do when a friend is kind of presenting some signs where you’re a bit worried about them.
Maybe if you think they’re going through something right now and you don’t know what to do but even if you yourself are going through something and you’re just unsure about who you can talk to what you’re going through.
Whether it’s to support someone who’s going through a hard time or to support yourself if you’ve had to help someone and you’re not feeling in the right space and all that sort of stuff.
It’s a really useful website that collates a lot of the information from the internet into one secure place where you know it’s reliable and it’s just about kind of giving people a quick access to quick information and direct information knowing what they can do in the moment
So here in WA suicide is the leading death around young people and the first point of call for young people is generally their friends.
So we hope to provide you with the resources you need to give your friend the correct support and it can be used for like if you need urgent help or non-urgent help and it gives you that bit of like extra comfort knowing that you’ve got that support.
So it’s really meant to be about the peer supporting the peer so you know if you’ve got a friend who’s showing signs of having mental health issues right by you basically helps you deal with that and know how you can do the best.
You know for me personally i lost one of my best mates for suicide last year though I understood he was
going through a lot i probably didn’t connect the dots that he was at risk of taking his own life.
So it’s it’s really great that this is now coming into play i think it can do a lot of good and I think it can answer a lot of questions that anyone might need answers for.
It kind of gives you those strategies to be out and navigate those conversations and to feel more comfortable like you’re actually giving the right advice even if you haven’t experienced it yourself and this will help young people figure out ways how to help their friends and help them find help that they need