Headspace Wollongong, Nowra, Bega, Goulburn, Canberra and Tuggeranong call for immediate action to safeguard youth mental health

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October 06, 2021

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On headspace Day 2021, local headspace centres are urging young people in the region to start taking small, everyday steps that support their mental health and wellbeing.

The call to action follows the release of new headspace research that shows more than half of young Australians still deal with personal problems on their own, rather than speaking to someone (53%).

The headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey also found three in five young people feel there is still stigma around seeking help for a mental illness (61%).

In NSW, 49% of young people prefer to deal with their personal problems on their own, while 59% agree there is stigma around seeking help for a mental illness in Australia.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan says the events of the past 18 months have put added stress on the mental health and wellbeing of many young people.

“We know young people have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic with major changes to their study, home and social lives,” Mr Trethowan said.

“That’s why we are so concerned that many young Australians continue dealing with their problems on their own instead of reaching out for help.

“We want young people to know there is always someone you can talk to – be it a trusted adult in your life, a friend, a family member or a service like headspace. You don’t need to go it alone.”

Mr Trethowan says it’s never been more important for young people to implement healthy habits that support mental health.

GPH Strategic Coordinator Youth Mental Health Amanda Cooper said “our centres are really excited to celebrate headspace Day and encourage the young people in our regions to start taking small steps that support their mental health”.

“In Wollongong for example, we are supporting our local area by providing the 40 schools in our region with headspace Day resource baskets. These will include information factsheets, along with activities teachers can implement in classrooms to assist in starting conversations about mental health and wellbeing. By encouraging conversations and small actions, we are able to assist in breaking down the stigma of mental health and support young Australia’s to seek help when needed”.

 “We encourage young people to seek support from our centres, as well as the online supports eheadspace provide. On our Instagram pages we have heaps of information regarding our services and upcoming online chats- including professional-led chats and peer-led chats”, said Amanda.

To find out more please contact your local headspace Centre or visit headspace.org.au.

 

Grand Pacific Health is proud to be the lead agency for headspace Wollongong, Nowra, Bega, Goulburn, Canberra and Tuggeranong. More information about GPH can be found below.

 

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About headspace day

headspace day is a National Day of Support for the mental health and wellbeing of all young Australians.

This year we want young people to know that small steps start big things. We are encouraging all young people to take small steps that are right for them.

We are encouraging young people to create some time and space to focus on the things they love. Spending five or 10 minutes each day on something that helps them to slow down a little, create a routine, connect with someone or take a moment to breathe.

 

What are our tips for maintaining a healthy headspace?

Our seven tips for a healthy headspace are:

  1. get into life
  2. learn skills for tough times
  3. get enough sleep
  4. create connections
  5. eat well
  6. stay active
  7. cut back on alcohol and other drugs.
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