Feeling safe at headspace
Maddy and Scott, Youth Care Coordinators (YCC), are both studying a Psychology degree while working at headspace Bathurst. Both dedicated YCCs share a common passion – supporting young regional people with their mental health.
55% of young people in NSW are accessing support services for their mental health – which is why it’s important to Maddy and Scott that they stay regionally to help.
“There is far less funding and support in regional Australia, so I’ve decided to stay here and work so young people have the same support as their metro counterparts,” Maddy said.
“There are city opportunities after I finish my degree, but I’m growing as an individual and a therapist at headspace Bathurst – so I’m looking forward to graduating and continuing to help young people in regional Australia,” Scott said.
A day in the life for a YCC and student is busy. Starting always with coffee, Maddy and Scott then attend appointments, do phone intakes, participate in inhouse training and manage study by leaning on lead agency, Marathon Health’s study leave availability.
“Each year we can enhance our skills through professional development and we’re encouraged to do it. This year I learnt about acceptance and commitment therapy and I now can apply these skills to support young people. Our managers are always checking in on us as well, to make sure we’re not getting burnt out,” Scott said.
Maddy has a lot of opportunities to not only provide clinical support, but to also visit local schools to talk to young people.
“Body image and social media are big topics in schools, it’s good to be able to talk to students and show them there’s nothing scary about seeking support from the headspace Bathurst team,” Maddy said.
Maddy and Scott are advocates for local young people and are providing support at a crucial time in young people’s lives. Being able to do so while completing their studies, shows the level of support and investment organisations like Marathon Health and headspace Bathurst, place in their staff and growing a regional workforce.
“At the end of the day, I just want to see young people get back on track and support them to strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future,” Scott said.
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