SAP Australia Extends Support to Youth Suicide Charity

Sydney, AustraliaLeading e-solutions provider SAP Australia today announced its commitment to support Here for Life, an organisation focused on education, awareness and research aimed at the prevention of youth suicide.

Australia has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the world, and SAP shares Here For Life’s vision to prevent and reduce this tragic problem by empowering and supporting Australian youth by providing resources, education and school-based life skills.

“I’m impressed with the innovative programs being implemented by Here for Life. I’m confident that SAP’s partnership with them will provide the opportunity for creative collaboration among our employees and the Here for Life team,” said Chris Bennett, Managing Director & CEO of SAP Australia & New Zealand.

“This is one way for us to make a difference in the lives of Australian youth. Our children are too precious. We should equip them with life skills that will help them weather the difficult periods in their lives,” Bennett said.

Through its charity sponsorship program SAP will support Here for Life with monetary contributions, volunteering and staff involvement in the agency’s programs.

“We are pleased and honoured that SAP has chosen to partner with us. I appreciate the vision of SAP’s management team to make a difference in the lives of Australia’s youth,” said Andrew Kay, founder of Here for Life.

Here for Life promotes various positive programs including “Life’s a Ball,” the Yellow Ribbon Programme, Youth Week Victoria and Community Education and Support.

Here for Life is a not-for-profit charitable organisation committed to the reduction of youth suicide, through promoting positive life skills and help seeking behaviours amongst young people. The organisation was founded by Andrew Kay in February 1995 out of his own personal loss and deep concerns that more was needed to address this growing problem of suicide. Here for Life manages a range of educational material, media campaigns and preventative training programs for school teachers, parents and community groups aimed at enhancing the emotional, physical and mental health of all young people. Current activities run by Here for Life include Life’s A Ball, The Yellow Ribbon Program, Youth Week Victoria, Community Education & support material, National Board Shorts Day, The Annual Here for Life Christmas Appeal, Crisis counselling on a referral basis and Website research, statistics and support information. (Additional information at http://www.hereforlife.org.au)