Stay Kind is an initiative in memory of Stuart Kelly, and in honour of his continued support and kindness to his brother Thomas and to others. Stay Kind takes its name from Stuart’s initials, just as Take Kare uses the initials of his elder brother – Thomas.
Stay Kind encourages not only youth, but the entire Australian population to care for one another. As a kind, compassionate community, it’s important to show empathy whilst also acknowledging and recognising that many people suffer in silence. Young people may find themselves overwhelmed by life or by others, and be unable to speak out. And they may not seek help for themselves when this happens or if they are dealing with mental health issues.
The responsibility for this loss of lives does not just rest with the individuals who decide to end their lives. As a society, we are currently experiencing significant changes in social values, behaviours and respect shown to others. Social media is one of many platforms that demonstrates this. These changes do not only impact on ourselves - they impact on others too. Our culture of taking things on the chin can discourage youth from speaking out when respect from others is at its lowest. This is why it’s more important than ever to create an environment of kindness, care and empathy.
n 2015, 3027 people and 405 young people ended their own lives in Australia. That’s 8 people every day, or 1 person every 3 hours and more than 1 young person a day.
Your donation will assist the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation in promoting and expanding Stay Kind and Ask ME How I Feel initiatives nationally with the vision of holding Stay Kind Days in the community, schools, sport and workplaces.
The first Stay Kind Day was held on July 23 2017.