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Be an advocate for youth mental health

24-02-2021 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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Applications are open for headspace Orange’s 2021 Youth Reference Group. Young people aged between 12-25, with an interest in mental health, youth issues and a desire to learn new skills, are encouraged to apply.

Sharna Lord headspace Orange Community Engagement Coordinator, says joining the Youth Reference Group is a unique chance for young people to shape headspace messages and services, and meet like-minded young people.

“Being a part of the Youth Reference Group is a chance for young people to be directly involved in organising headspace events, providing feedback on current services and groups, brainstorming new group ideas, creating new projects and so much more,” Ms Lord said.

Successful candidates will connect with each other and headspace staff fortnightly in person at the Orange centre, to discuss the needs of young people in the Orange community.

“Young people will learn skills in leadership, community engagement, event management, and media engagement to name a few. It’s a great environment to learn about mental health and how to be a youth advocate for mental health and youth issues; plus, we have a lot of fun in the process,” said Ms Lord.

Youth Reference Group members will represent headspace at events, and accompany headspace staff to schools to engage with young people about the centre. They also provide a voice for young people through interaction with the media and politicians.

Youth participation is critical to the delivery of quality services for young people. headspace Orange aims to provide young people with meaningful opportunities to directly participate and collaborate with the centre.

If you, or someone you know, would make a great youth advocate please contact headspace Orange on (02) 6369 9300, or email

For more information about headspace Orange visit or follow them on Facebook.

headspace Orange operates through lead agency Marathon Health, and is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.

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