Kiama High School student Lara Ivy Farrell has seen "too many" young people in her town suicide.
The 14-year-old embraces programs helping young people with their mental health, so was happy to play her part in bringing the Stymie program to the school.
The online program allows students to ask for help for themselves or peers, by making anonymous notifications through their site at stymie.com.au.
Stymie was developed by 2020 Queensland Australian of the Year, Rachel Downie. After losing a Year 9 student to suicide, the long-time educator came up with the "harm reporting without fear" online tool.
Since 2014 Stymie has been presented to more than 600,000 students nationally, allowing them to anonymously report such things as family violence, bullying, cyber-bullying, depression, illegal activity, harassment and self-harm.
Lara is on the advisory board of local charity Makuta, which funded the Stymie project at Kiama High for the next 12 months.
"I think this is going to be big, as it will give the school much greater insights into the challenges and problems teenagers are facing," Lara said.
"We've had a lot of suicides over the past year. I'm hopeful this program will really help those students who need help."
Queensland-based Stymie presenter Michael Jeh dropped by Kiama High on Thursday to officially launch the program, which aims to break the cycle of harm and abuse through education, intervention and prevention.
Mr Jeh said the first step to break the cycle was to reduce the stigma associated with reaching out for help.
"That's why one of my main messages today was very much focused on if you see or hear something, say something, speak out on behalf of somebody, speak out before it becomes a major problem, even if it is on yourself. But don't wait a day too long because in some cases a day too long is literally a day too long," he said.
"Students can go to the website stymie.com.au and that is where they get to make an anonymous notification which goes straight through to the school principal and school leaders and the school then sees the message and reacts and responds accordingly."
Mr Jeh praised Kiama High principal Catherine Glover and the school's wellbeing team for caring about their students.
School wellbeing head teacher Louise Luke said Stymie would add to the many awesome programs at the school.
"We also have great counselling services and great teachers, but sometimes it is hard to have the face to face conversation," she said.
"This is another platform, because they are on their phones all the time, they can go on to this web-based program.
"We are trying to encourage the kids not to be bystanders. Everyone is a bystander. It is actually having the courage to be able to do something about it.
"We want school to be a safe place and it is not always.
"If we can help kids to be able to stand up for themselves it is going to help them in the future when they leave school as well well because school isn't the only place you get bullied.
"I really think the program will work and I hope the kids take it on board and we can show that we are really caring community."
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