Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, has continued her battle to see bullying a thing of the past, having met with relevant Minister during last week’s sitting of Parliament.
The tenacious MP took a range of concerns and strategies to Ministers for Health, Cyber-security, and Communications, receiving what she feels was very positive engagement.
“The Federal Government is certainly switched-on to the vicious nature of cyber-bullying and I am impressed by the keenness our ministers show in wanting to join me in ensuring bullying takes no more lives.
“I discussed a range of items, including the incredibly successful petition by local mother, Katrina, to see anonymous bullying app, ‘Sarahah’ banned from circulation.
“Katrina’s petition has collected an avalanche of support – in just over a month, over 464,000 people have signed the petition calling on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play to stop making the feedback app available.
“This is just incredible and shows how strongly people feel about this cyber-bullying trend.” Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said she was determined to see services to help those struggling with mental health problems by increasing services.
“It’s not enough to just blame the bullies for the heartache they cause, we also have a responsibility to provide the nurturing services that help our young people develop resilience and positivity.
“Headspace has proven a very successful programme across the country and I am working hard to get these services into more locations,” said Ms Landry.
One such location is Sarina, in the north of Ms Landry’s electorate.
“Sarina is a great community that, like any, has its challenges; whatever we can do to see our young people in a better frame of mind, I believe we must act on,” Ms Landry added.
“Mental Health is just too important an issue to ignore.”