Supporting young people with a serious illness
Livewire is Starlight's dedicated program for teenagers living with a serious illness, disability or chronic health condition.
We know that social connections are essential to teens' development and to help build their identity and sense of belonging. Livewire aims to do just that.
Through Livewire, young people (aged 12 - 20) connect with others who understand what they are going through helping them cope with the stress, anxiety and isolation of hospital and serious illness.
Livewire provides peer support that boosts teen's confidence and self esteem
Livewire equips teenagers to better manage stress, isolation and anxiety
Livewire helps teens feel happier, accepted and more positive about their health condition
Livewire is in hospital and online, so teens are supported when and where they need it
Why is Livewire needed?
Hospital and serious illness can increase a teen's risk of:
Mental health issues
Feelings of stress and anxiety
Lower peer acceptance
Lower emotional and physical wellbeing