headspace Queanbeyan calls for immediate action to safeguard youth mental health
Image: Small steps start big things – headspace campaign
On headspace Day 2021, headspace Queanbeyan is 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.
Winston Seah, headspace Queanbeyan Centre Manager, said to mark the day the team are putting together care packages to kick start young people’s ‘small steps, big things’ journeys.
“Being in lockdown means we’ve had to adapt how we would normally celebrate the day. These care packages will contain some art supplies, popcorn or lollies and a notebook. It’s a small way to help them learn ways to maintain a healthy headspace, particularly during tough times.”