2015 Wrap Up 

2015 has been a good yet busy year for the Teen Support Network as William Russell (our website's founder) has been studying a double diploma in Counselling and Community Studies, without a further ado here is the Highlights for the Teen Support Network in 2015.

Nominated for the Pride of Australia Medal 

In June, our website's founder William Russell  was nominated for The Advertiser's Pride Of Australia Medal in the Young Leader Category and had an article placed in the June 26th Advertiser on page 36. 

Pride of Australia Medal 

On September 23rd 2015, William Russell attended The Advertiser's ceremony at The Advertiser building on Waymouth Street Adelaide. 

At the ceremony William was awarded The Advertiser, Sunday Mail, and Messenger's Pride of Australia Medal in the Young Leader Category for 2015 for his hard work on running the Teen Support Network.

Since September's ceremony William has been receiving letters of congratulations from his local member of Parliament of South Australia, Member for Mitchell, Corey Wingard, his Federal member for Kingston, Amanda Rishworth and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Martin Haese

Brand South Australia 

At the end of November we were given permission to place the brand South Australia's logo on our website and social media profiles to promote that we are from Adelaide, South Australia. 

23 LGBT People to watch out for in 2016

Teen Support Network's website founder William was has been named in the Australia's Gay News Network's LGBT People to watch list in 2016. 


William Russell is a fighter. He had a stroke while still in his mother’s womb and when he was born the doctors said he wouldn’t live. When he did, they said he would never walk or talk. After years of childhood therapy, Russell again proved them wrong. He started up Teen Support Network in 2012 as an anti-bullying and anti-harassment resource for teenagers and it’s been growing ever since. Russell received a Young Citizen of the Year award from the City of Mitcham in 2014 and in 2015 received an Advertiser/Sunday Mail/ Messenger Press “Pride of Australia” award in the Young Leaders category. 2016 is going to be a big year for Russell as he plans to expand Teen Support Network.

“I have a small team at the moment but in 2016 we plan to become a not-for-profit organisation, so we’ll need more people to come on board as a full committee,” Russell says. “I’d also like to focus more on LGBTI issues as well as bullying.”

Indeed, the Network plans to start school visits next year addressing students on the dangers of bullying; there’s a page on the website where schools can contact them to request a visit. “We’ll work out different packages for the varying needs of different schools,” Russell says.

On top of all this he’s completing a double diploma in Counselling/ Community Services, so 2016 will be a very busy year for Russell.

He just laughs, “I’m looking forward to the challenge!” Ron Hughes

Profile/photo by Ron Hughes

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