To support young people as they face new challenges, headspace Queanbeyan regularly host workshops and social groups. Working closely with their Youth Reference groups, the workshops have been designed to address concerns identified as being prevalent for young people in the community.
“We have workshops that teach mindfulness, anger management, and coping mechanisms for the early stages of anxiety and depression. Plus we have social groups like our LGBTIQA+ group and our Chill Space group, who meet to do craft or watch movies. We really have something for all young people.”
headspace Orange host a variety of early intervention workshops and groups to equip young people with tools and life-long skills to help them maintain a mentally healthy mind..
“We have programs that teach mindfulness and anger management, and coping mechanisms for the early stages of anxiety and depression. Plus we have social groups like the Gaming Group, our LGBTIQA+ group and much more.”
The team at headspace Orange are available to help young people through periods of stress, and encourage young people to keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates about groups and workshops.
“The school period is a time of change and growth. Many young people may be faced with the pressure to achieve and get good grades, whilst also dealing with social issues like bullying and changes in their peer circle.” comments Karen Golland, Community and Youth Engagement Officer at headspace Bathurst.
“Add to this a mental health concern like anxiety or depression and it’s understandable some young people need extra support,” Golland said
This month, young people across the Dubbo region are starting, or returning to, secondary school.
For some students this transition is relatively easy and stress free, however headspace Dubbo recognises that for others it can be a period of increased stress and anxiety for a variety of reasons.
“Returning to school, and particularly starting school, can be especially hard for some young people as they are faced with the pressure of school work, extra-curricular demands, grades, friendships and social issues like bullying and peer pressure,” comments Amy Mines, Community Engagement Officer at headspace Dubbo.
headspace Canberra are looking for Youth Ambassadors to spread understanding of youth mental health and headspace services through workshops and training for young people.
The Youth Ambassadors program provides young people with the opportunity to be heard and be active around youth mental health. In this role, young people present mental health workshops to schools, sporting clubs and other community organisations
The Bathurst After Hours GP Clinic, funded through the Western NSW PHN, provides medical attention for patients who are seeking immediate treatment and are unable to wait to see their regular practitioner.
"These services will be critical over the Christmas period, and we encourage anyone who is unsure whether or not to present to the ED to access the After Hours services."
The Christmas period is fast approaching and while for many that means a lot of festive fun, for others it can be a more challenging time.
During the Christmas period, there are a number of things you can do to look after your wellbeing.