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Reaching out to young people After the Emergency

Florent Favre contemplates his future at the Dalby evacuation centre following the floods in St George, Queensland, early last year. Our triple j recovery playlist helps young people like him recover from trauma.

Picking up the pieces after a disaster is a huge challenge, especially for young people. With your support, we teamed up with triple j to create a unique way of helping young people recover from bushfires, cyclones and floods.

According to Shona Whitton, National Senior Project Officer, Recovery here at Red Cross, people aged 12 to 25 need specialist help to recover from disasters.

"Our experience is that young people can really struggle, and can be a hard group to reach," she says. "They aren't necessarily going to sit down and read a booklet or attend a community meeting".

"After the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, we couldn't find much by way of recovery products for young people. So we developed our own."

Thanks to kind people like you, Shona and her team worked with Australia's youth radio station, triple j, to develop a free digital playlist of new music, recovery messages and expert advice. 'After the Emergency' was launched late last year and has already been downloaded more than 700 times.

All artists involved are from the triple j Unearthed roster of new Australian music, and include The Falls, ILUKA, Phebe Starr and Rainy Day Women. Messages were recorded by triple j stars Tom Ballard, Alex Dyson and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, and the playlist features expert advice on mental health, relationships, exercise, diet and the environment.

"The playlist uses music and storytelling to let young people know they're not alone, and it's normal to feel stress and anxiety," says Shona. "It's a powerful way to deliver important information in a format young people prefer."

According to triple j Marketing Manager Fiona Lake, the playlist is a great opportunity to help young Australians when they need it most.

"We know the power of music and its ability to make people feel good," Fiona says. "triple j Unearthed is an amazing resource, so we were happy to tap into it to create a playlist for young people recovering from a traumatic event."

You can download the Triple J playlist here

Photo: Australian Red Cross/Louise M Cooper

Thank you

Your support meant we could work with triple j to create this unique and vital playlist.  

Thank you again for your regular gift - and for helping young people recover from disasters.