headspace Dubbo’s bald step for mental health
headspace Dubbo is hosting ‘headshave for headspace Dubbo’ to raise much needed funds for Mental Health First Aid Training for 18-25-year olds.
Amy Mines, headspace Dubbo’s Community Engagement Officer says it’s important now, more than ever, to have crucial supports in place to provide early intervention support, mental health education and continue to de-stigmatise speaking about mental ill health.
“Suicide is the leading cause of death in young Australian’s. We know firsthand that unless young people – particularly young men – can receive the support they need, when they need it, we will continue to lose them,” Ms Mines said.
Ms Mines also said that the best way to provide this support is through peer to peer support.
“The best way to help is through real conversations with real people, with real stories who can have real connections,” Ms Mines said.
Once training is complete, young people will become youth ambassadors, and assist their peers to learn the signs of mental ill health, and how to access support.
“We work across a large community and unfortunately can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why supporting young people to complete this training and become youth ambassadors is so important, they really will make a difference to the lives of others,” Ms Mines said.
Money raised from the head shave event will help to grow the existing service to enable headspace Dubbo to reach more young people in more places, and to provide education and resources to all schools, businesses and training institutions in the region.
If you are a young person aged 18-25 or know or employ someone who is and would like to be part of the proposed Youth Ambassador program, you can contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To donate or find out ways to show your support for the headshave, visit the headshave for headspace Dubbo Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/headshave-for-headspace-dubbo or via the centre’s Facebook page.
headspace Dubbo operates lead agency Marathon Health, and is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.