(L-R) Lara Von Maydell

Spreading the love

A new campaign initiated by L.V. Rogers students aims to help support their peers through difficult times.

A new campaign initiated by L.V. Rogers students aims to help support their peers through difficult times.

“Love is Louder is a movement that supports people who are feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone and it works toward combating depression, bullying and suicide in teens,” said Jennifer Matosevic, LVR student and organizer of the campaign in Nelson.

Matosevic first learned about it at a conference she attended in Vancouver last October.

“I thought it would be a great idea to do it here and it’s a really personal issue for me,” she said.

Love is Louder is a campaign that has been participated in throughout the world.

“In our case, we extended that to art, literature and photographs to show support for these people to know that they are not alone and that suicide should never be an option,” said Matosevic.

The LVR student then approached her entire school and opened the idea to other students who wanted to contribute with art.

Matosevic said for some of her peers it was just another project they did at school, but for others it really hit come and meant a lot to them.

While Matosevic says that bullying isn’t a big issue at the local high school, she hopes the campaign will help lessen the bullying that is occurring.

“We hope it will send a positive message to other schools in our region and in the province that if we can do this in a small town, they can do it too,” said Matosevic.

The Love is Louder art pieces were put on display last Thursday and will last for the month of January.

Ayla Raabis was one of the students who joined in and contributed to the campaign.

“I had seen the campaign on TV and online… I was interested in the issue so I decided to become a part of it,” said Raabis.

“I think that we have to raise awareness about these issues and let people who are going through his know that they’re not alone.”

Matosevic said she has found that both teachers and students have been very supportive of the campaign.

“Presentations coming from a student have a different impact than they would coming from an adult,” she said.

“Coming from someone your age, your peer… to me it means more.”

She said through the Love is Louder campaign, she wants to end suicide and bullying for teens.

“There’s help all around Nelson if people feel like this to go and find help.”

 

Just Posted

RCMP: Appledale homicide investigation still active

A 59-year-old man was found dead on May 20

Brrrrring in the New Year with the Polar Bear Swim

Kootenay Co-op Radio teams up with local stewardship groups for annual dip

Nelson Community Food Centre celebrates with Festive Food Days

The idea is to share healthful, festive food over the holidays with people not able to afford it.

Kootenay-Columbia MP reacts to leader’s surprise resignation

The resignation of Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer caught members of his caucus by surprise

Kootenay-Columbia MP talks throne speech, USMCA trade deal

Rob Morrison to open constituency office in Cranbrook at 800C Baker St. on Dec. 19

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Drug alert for purple fentanyl issued in Kamloops

Interior Health issued an alert for the deadly drug on Friday

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Most Read