June 11, 2014 12:58 pm
Updated: June 11, 2014 1:07 pm

#YouAreGoodEnough students declare in anti-abuse video


WATCH: The Harmony Project

WINNIPEG – Kids in Gladstone, Man., are hoping to make a difference by asking kids to surprise themselves and believe they “are good enough.”

The Harmony Project video, created with help from the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre, features students from William Morton Collegiate Institute in Gladstone and Manitoba country-pop duo Keith and Renee performing Surprise Yourself.

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“Fifty per cent of young people who experience physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide,” the video states at its opening – and then the music urges the viewer to “just tell yourself you are good enough.”

The video, which was posted on YouTube on Monday, works to send a message about healthy relationships and ends with students holding cards with other messages of support.

“You are not alone,” one says.

“You deserve better,” says another.

“It was very much a collaborative approach,” producer-director Jeremy Johnson said about making the video. “We really encouraged the kids to come up with their own messages.”

Joyce Schrader of the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre said the students received training about abuse before they made the video.

“From the feedback, they really learned a lot that they didn’t know,” she said.

WATCH: Joyce Schrader and Jeremy Johnson talk about the Harmony Project

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