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Rural youth mental health project wins backing

A first-year nursing student at James Cook University has been awarded a $10,000 grant to expand a rural mentoring programme she developed to help young people cope with mental illness.

Zoe Barnes, who is based at JCU’s Mackay campus in north Queensland, received the grant from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

The organisation is a not-for-profit that was set up by one of Australia’s leading philanthropic trusts, the Sidney Myer Fund, to support rural communities. The federal government also contributed $10.7 million to the FRRR.

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