About us

We envision a world where every child and young person is educated and empowered to effectively deal with mental health issues, and mental illness is dealt with openly and treated as a normal part of everyday life.

We believe that through communication, mental health problems can be effectively dealt with and suicide can be prevented.

zero2hero is a WA-based incorporated association with DGR status dedicated to increasing the understanding of mental health issues and the awareness of mental health services among children and young people through innovative programs, events, and education. Our events such as zero2hero day and Camp Hero equip school-aged children and teenagers with the skills to speak up when they are struggling and the confidence to stand up and support their friends when they may be experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

Our programs aim to unleash the heroes of today, to become the leaders of tomorrow in the campaign to promote good mental health throughout their communities.

Our story

After losing her stepfather to suicide, Ashlee Harrison was immediately compelled to do something about an issue that affects and devastates so many.

Driven to make a meaningful and tangible difference, Ashlee harnessed her conviction and focused on bringing people together to run events and fundraisers that spread the message of suicide prevention, and in 2009, zero2hero was born.

Although the initial events were successful, when Ashlee saw the statistics on when mental health issues are formed, she knew that the team’s focus needed to be at the source of the issues – it needed to be on educating young people.

The conversation around youth mental health was one that couldn’t be ignored, and in 2012, zero2hero moved into the youth sector, starting a schools program, launching a camp for students, partnering with other organisations to deliver support, and creating youth focused fundraiser and awareness events.

Since then, the reach and impact of zero2hero has grown, and so too has the team. Today, zero2hero is reaching more than 70,000 young people each year, and through the Camp Hero, Hero High, and Hero Events programs, there are more than 30 leaders, volunteers and mentors driving the zero2hero mission forward.

We’re passionate about

  • Providing a space to talk about mental health
  • Reducing the stigma of seeking help
  • Empowering young people to be the best versions of themselves
  • Empowering young mental health ambassadors
  • Effectively and innovatively contributing to the prevention of suicide

Stand up for young minds