SpinChat aims to raise awareness, promote prevention and educate secondary students about spinal cord injury.
The program sees young people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and in wheelchairs, visit high school students* to talk about life before their injury, the cause of their injury, and life since. A strong focus of the presentation is on risk minimisation and the consequences of careless or high-risk activities such as dangerous driving or diving into shallow waters. SpinChat is in its sixth year, and has presented to over 40,000 students.
The statistics around spinal cord injury reveal just how important programs such as SpinChat are for secondary school students.