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Rachel Downie: Helping Children Speak Up About Bullying Amazing People with Sam and Duncan

    • Society & Culture

When former teacher and 2020 QLD Australian of the Year Rachel Downie lost a year 9 student to suicide, she decided to find a way to support young people to speak up when things aren't right. She discovered students often felt too frightened to come forward with possible life-saving information because of peer expectations. This led Rachel to develop and self-fund Stymie – an old-fashioned word for stop – to allow students to anonymously report harm without fear.

When former teacher and 2020 QLD Australian of the Year Rachel Downie lost a year 9 student to suicide, she decided to find a way to support young people to speak up when things aren't right. She discovered students often felt too frightened to come forward with possible life-saving information because of peer expectations. This led Rachel to develop and self-fund Stymie – an old-fashioned word for stop – to allow students to anonymously report harm without fear.

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