Letters to the editor

YOU ARE ENOUGH

I WRITE from a new not-for-profit campaign which urges parents to boost children’s self-esteem.

Shocking figures show one in seven primary school children has a diagnosable mental health disorder.  This rises to one in four by the time they get to high school.

Celebrities behind our campaign include Olympic gold medallist Duncan Armstrong, Icehouse star Iva Davies, leading Australian female author Di Morrissey, Beaconsfield mining hero Brant Webb and actor Rob Carlton.

There is no doubt social media causes some difficulties for some children and so many children use Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. It’s never a good idea for children to compare themselves to others – that’s one of the messages of our campaign.

We also highlight there has been a rise in mental health problems in young people and suicide is the biggest killer of young people. So much more has to be done.

Our simple message is help your children with self-esteem at every opportunity. Teach them to show compassion to themselves. Teach your children to have a relationship with failure … because we cannot succeed at everything. Teach them to show compassion to themselves and to be courageous.

Our campaign is called I Am Enough and the message is for people to accept themselves and realise they are enough as they are. We have fact sheets available for anyone who wants one.

If you would like a fact sheet,  email nameste@servicelane.com.au.

This is a really important not-for-profit campaign and it’s time we placed more focus on values.

- S. Karki, I Am Enough.

CUPPA FOR A CURE

I WRITE to thank the thousands of Queenslanders who raised cups for a cancer free future during May. 

More than 4600 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea hosts gathered people together in homes, schools, offices and community centres to raise more than $2.2 million to help ease the burden of cancer. 

One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland – the length of an average tea break. We all know someone who has been affected by the disease. 

Through the simple act of hosting or attending a morning tea, you provide vital hope to all Queenslanders affected by cancer.

Every dollar raised through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea goes towards lifesaving cancer research, prevention programs and support services. 

If you have not hosted a morning tea yet it’s not too late. Visit biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 to register and host an event anytime in June.

With your generosity, we can be there for all Queenslanders, every minute, every hour, every day.

 For more information Cancer Council Queensland visit www.cancerqld.org.au

- C. McMillan, Cancer Council Queensland.

MOUNT LINDESAY OFF-RAMP OPEN TO TRAFFIC

KUDOS to everyone working on this part of Mt Lindesay Highway/Logan enhancement.

Though it seems a thankless task by some. I am proud of the effort.

- D. Penny, via Facebook