About Talking Works
20,000 young Australians under the age of 18 are reported missing each year.
That's 2 people just like you every hour, every day of the year!
When we think about missing persons we might think about that TV show or about kids that get
abducted but missing can mean lots of things. Young people disappear for lots of reasons;
mum and dad fighting, drug or alcohol problems, relationship breakdowns, mental health,
violence, sexuality issues or just not fitting in.
You might not be a missing person but you might know friends or schoolmates that are in this
situation - maybe they already left home or maybe they are just thinking about it.
Talking Works gives you some choices about how you can help people, just like you, who are struggling
with their own problems, there are ways of asking questions or offering help that might make young
people feel like they have support.
If you are a missing person you might just need to reach out to someone - a friend, a family member
or maybe someone you donít even know just yet. There are lots of services that work with young people
that give them the space to talk and to make choices that keep them safe. Going missing isnít just
about what happens to you while you are away but about the reasons why you left in the first place.
So if you or anyone you know is in this situation click here for help and remember, Talking Works.
The project was produced and designed by Wide Open Media in collaboration with Hanzic Design as an
interactive game and collection of video archives, with testing and input from local Year 10 students.