Young Kiwis are Voices of Hope
Voices of Hope is an organisation founded by New Zealanders Genevieve Mora and Jazz Thornton. These two inspirational young kiwis have created VOH to ‘encourage and inspire people to speak up and seek help.’
Their most recent project, a video titled, ‘Dear Suicidal Me’ has been viewed thousands of times and shared throughout the world on various news sites.
Jazz had the vision for the video a couple of months ago, while she recognised that just hearing someone share their story, may have people struggling to resonate. Jazz, alongside internet personality Liam Miscellaneous, musician Brendan Pyper and actor Rob Mokaraka, shared their letters that they’d written to themselves. It’s a very honest and raw but holds a needed message that includes their success stories as there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Gen and Jazz have both dealt with mental illness first hand and the conversation about wanting to provoke a change, to have a bigger conversation came when a good friend took their life in 2013. Their long-distance planning begun to make a difference for those going through a hard time and they’ve never looked back.
The inspirational duo received a $30,000 grant from Jetstar to help fund their nationwide schools tour where they will be able to spread this non-for-profit organisation’s very important messages.
They are taking part in the Suicide Prevention Movement’s HopeWalk this Saturday in Auckland where both of them will talk about their organisation and their different stories.
Jazz and Gen are empowering young kiwis to get help and prove that #LivingIsBetter. Watch their viral video, shared via their Facebook page below.