girl X recreated' is the intriguing and beautifully illustrated diary of an imaginary Year 12 student. She uses it to capture her strong feelings about commitment, friendship, family relationships, sex, depression, drugs, grief, racism, terrorism, war and the future in uncertain times. And it expresses the creativity, courage, and at times, despair of the young people who created this extraordinary character. They are sending a powerful message of hope to young people like themselves. Radio presenter Norman Swan says in his foreword to the book- "Projects like 'girl X recreated' deliver, are worth more than all the self-esteem programs in the country put together. It provides a tangible way we can make our lives happier." While the world is in turmoil, communities must find new ways to promote hope. girl X tells us how.
ABOUT THE EDITOR Dr Leanne Rowe is a general practitioner and a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne Department of General Practice and the Monash University Department of Psychological Medicine. She has worked extensively with young people, particularly in the Geelong area in Victoria, and is highly respected for her work in adolescent health and education. Recently the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative allowed her to work with a group of young people from their community to produce URGENT. A core group of teenagers, Joleen Ryan, Megan Torpey, Julia Torpey, Tegan Watson and Zac Brennan, wrote the story and encouraged more than twenty other young indigenous and non-indigenous people to contribute personal accounts of their lives as well as poetry, artwork and photography.