WORKING WITH SPORTING CLUBS & COMMUNITY
Kodi’s Message, an initiative of the Hearts and Minds Foundation and the Pearson family from Brisbane, was created in honour of 14-year-old Kodi Pearson who tragically took his own life on July 11 2016 as a direct result of bullying, at school and online.
Kodi left his loving family a handwritten note. In this note he left one clear wish, a message … he wanted everyone to know the dangers of bullying, and that it had to stop.
LET'S ERADICATE BULLYING TOGETHER
The Schools, Clubs & Community Groups program run by Kodi’s Message aims to positively influence the attitudes and behaviours of young people.
Through a range of educational programs and initiatives delivered through sporting clubs and schools, it is our mission to eradicate bullying and reduce the risk of youth suicide by connecting young people, their parents and the community to the necessary support and assistance available.
Kodi’s Message exists to raise awareness around the seriousness of bullying, both at school and online, and the impact it can have on a young person.
Kodi’s parents, Michelle and Quentin, and adoring big sister, Tayla, now live with a never-ending focus – to raise awareness and educate young people and their families about the dangers of bullying so that no other family has to endure the heartache they experience on a daily basis.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION - FILLING THE GAP
Being present at sporting events giving out information packs and flyers from mental health partners. e.g. kids helpline, headspace.
By educating club presidents, coaches and staff at sporting clubs on the signs of youth mental difficulty and educating parents at sporting club training nights with youth mental health educators.
Teaming up with organisation like International Legends of League and communicate our message through to the youth.
To positively influence the behaviour and attitudes of young people in relation to bullying.
Creating education packs and working with sporting clubs to provide information to children when they sign up to the club.
Creating awareness programs within local community organisations about the effects of bullying and cyber-bullying, and the related youth mental health issues.