Image: Todd, Marr Amy Mines and Candice Edwards from headspace Dubbo
This June, our headspace centres are encouraging the local community to push for better mental health by completing 3,318 push ups in 25 days.
Free to register, participants will take on 3,318 push ups from 1–25 June, to highlight the tragic number of lives lost to suicide in 2019 as well as raising vital funds for critical mental health support services.
Image: local young people and Indigenous artist Sandon-Gibbs O’Neil from Burruguu Art painting the mural
In recognition of Reconciliation Week, headspace Orange are unveiling their new mural – painted on the centre by local Indigenous artist Sandon-Gibbs O’Neil from Burruguu Art.
Over 75 students from five local schools helped Mr O’Neil paint the mural, as part of an initiative to promote community and connection through artwork. Jessica Gostelow, headspace Orange Senior Youth Care Coordinator, said it’s important to create a safe place to explore identity.
Presentation to the parliamentary inquiry into health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote NSW
Image: Jess Brown (General Manager – Strategy and Growth) and Julie Cullenward (Practice Lead – Allied Health) at Parliamentary Inquiry
Jessica Brown's opening statement on behalf of Marathon Health, to the parliamentary inquiry into health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote NSW:
Thank you for inviting us to expand on our submission to your inquiry. Marathon Health is a regionally based not-for-profit organisation working in western NSW, the Murrumbidgee and the south east. We are passionate advocates for equal access to quality health services for people, wherever they choose to live.
Image: Isobelle Strickland, headspace Bathurst Community Engagement Officer and Abbie, member of headspace Bathurst's LGBTIQA+ social group Skittles
75% of LGBTIQA+ youth in Australia still experience homophobic abuse, resulting in significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm, with these experiences being significantly worse for young people in regional and rural areas of Australia.
A recent report by Queer Out Here interviewed young people in regional and rural areas of Australia and found that country LGBTQIA+ youth face less acceptance within the communities, isolation and lack of education around different sexualities.
Image: Anna Winter (Dietitian) and Anna Blackie (Diabetes Educator)
Marathon Health dietitians say that diet culture instils the idea that there is only ‘one right’ body shape or size in order to be healthy, however there are many other factors that influence one’s health, not just the numbers on the scale.
Anna Winter, Marathon Health Dietitian says No Diet Day is about understanding the underlying reasons as to why we diet.
The National Eye Health Survey Report found that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are three times more likely to have vision impairment or go blind than non-Indigenous Australians.
Marathon Health’s Indigenous Eye Care Pathway program is aiming to change these statistics, by connecting eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to bulk billed specialist eye services, through a local optometry and ophthalmology clinic.
Image: Smart Cook participants and representatives from Marathon Health and Jemena.
Current ABS figures show a large gap in life expectancy between First Australians and non-Indigenous Australians – with chronic disease rates substantially affecting quality of life.
Locally, Marathon Health in partnership with Jemena, created the Smart Cook program – an initiative that provided hands on nutrition and health support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients of the not-for-profit’s Indigenous Chronic Disease (ICD) Clinic.
In recognition of Youth Week 2021 (with the theme ‘together more than ever’), headspace Queanbeyan is hosting a range of events to celebrate young people.
To mark the launch, Axis Youth Service along with headspace Queanbeyan, Grand Pacific Health, Queanbeyan Multicultural Hub and Southern Youth and Family Services are holding a BBQ lunch in Queanbeyan Park with activities including bubble soccer, archery tag, circus games plus more.