Stand Tall, an Austalian youth mental health charity, has announced that its 2020 event will be live-streamed to thousands of high school students across Australia from the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).
The event has been converted into a digital format so that it may still go ahead under Covid-19 restrictions.
Stand Tall 2020 will bring together young musicians, athletes and inspirational speakers to share stories of hope, courage and resilience with the more than 20,000 students expected to watch the broadcast. This year’s line-up includes Sam Cawthorn, Michael Crossland, Emma Carey, Timomatic, Derek Rabelo, Anna Cocquerel and Tony Hoang, among others.
The event aims to address the increasingly high incidences of mental health issues in young people and inspire attendees to change the course of their lives. More than half (55%) of secondary students say they don’t have any hope for the future, and some experts have warned that Covid-19 may have a potentially devastating impact on young people’s mental health.
Stand Tall 2020 is set to increase its reach by more than 100% as it goes virtual, with ICC Sydney utilising audio visual technology to livestream the show to thousands of schools and students across Australia.
Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian, said: “The Stand Tall live stream event is a wonderful resource being made available to schools across Australia, providing stories of hope and courage to students.
“We know how challenging the past few months have been for students having to adapt to learning from home and missing their friends. It’s important we acknowledge the impact this may have had on the mental wellbeing of the community and provide resources to support those in need.”
Following the sold-out 2019 Stand Tall event, an Independent Impact Study conducted by UTS revealed that over 74% of students felt that ‘at least one of the speakers seen had directly and positively affected them’, with significant increases in student hope and wellbeing also reported after the event.
Stand Tall Co-founder and Associate Chief Executive Officer, Angela Farr-Jones, said: “Now in our seventh year, Stand Tall Event has grown from 2,500 in 2018 to 5,000 in June 2019. However, this year will be unlike any other, as Australia faces one of the worst youth mental health crises of a generation.
“It is absolutely critical that as young people grapple with the mental toll of Covid-19, climate crisis, bullying, or whatever their personal challenge might be, they are given hope for a better future. Young role models really do inspire other people. That is why now, more than ever, Stand Tall is committed to providing meaningful connections to support young Australians.”
ICC Sydney Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Donaghy, added: “ICC Sydney couldn’t be prouder to reinforce our longstanding partnership with Stand Tall, who we have been delighted to support for three incredible years. Using our in-house AV technology and talented team, we have been able to creatively re-imagine this important event, to ensure it reaches and helps more young people than ever this year”.
Stand Tall 2020 will be taking place from 9:30am on 4 June.
To register for the event, click here.