Logan Reserve Miss Diamond Australia campaigner fights for bullying victims

A FORMER Miss Diamond Australia junior entrant is campaigning in support of those who do not have a voice.

CAMPAIGN: Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick with Miss Diamond Australia entrant Destiny Wilson-Scott.

CAMPAIGN: Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick with Miss Diamond Australia entrant Destiny Wilson-Scott.

Logan Reserve teenager Destiny Wilson-Scott, 13, was dealt a devastating blow when two of her closest friends lost their lives in the past 12 months.

Both friends experienced a history of bullying.

This inspired her to spend the past six weeks raising money for mental health charity Angels Hope to fight for action against bullying.

The purpose of Angels Hope is to empower young people to stand up against bullying in schools, sporting clubs, workplaces and the broader community. 

Ms Wilson-Scott said stronger anti-cyber bullying laws and greater mental health awareness was needed to save lives. 

"Angels Hope is different to other organisations that only deal with bullying," she said.

"They want to make a difference and change the laws to hold people accountable (for bullying)."

The junior pageant model said losing a friend was a traumatic experience.

"It has affected me quite a lot. It makes me feel sad, angry and frustrated. I was really close to them," Ms Wilson-Scott said.

"I did cheer leading with one and was a really close friend to the other."

Ms Wilson-Scott has campaigned strongly on social media and reached out to various media outlets to influence public opinion.

She said her Miss Diamond Australia journey helped give her the confidence to speak out.

"It helped me realise you can make a difference in the world and you can be the change you want to see in the world," Ms Wilson-Scott said.

Almost one person under the age of 25 takes their own life every day, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Angel Hope has a 24 hour hotline 1300 659 467 for people in need of support.  

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