In a good space

CAN­NING Vale's Naomi Lorkin's ex­pe­ri­ences in school watch­ing her friends go through tough times has prompted her to work with headspace Ar­madale and youth in the com­mu­nity.

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CAN­NING Vale res­i­dent Naomi Lorkin’s ex­pe­ri­ence in high school, watch­ing her friends suf­fer through men­tal health is­sues and bul­ly­ing, prompted her to do some­thing about it.

Ms Lorkin went to school in Nar­ro­gin and said through­out her time, some of her friends were bul­lied and had men­tal health con­cerns, and there was not a strong sup­port pro­gram.

“We were re­ally just told to suck it up and deal with it our­selves,” she said.

“I think I tried to help the best I could at the time, but didn’t re­ally know where to turn.

“I think that it is some­thing I ac­tu­ally sought out to bet­ter my­self in that area since leaving high school.”

She said when she came to Perth af­ter school in 2009, she started vol­un­teer­ing with youth groups, learn­ing how to men­tor young peo­ple.

The 24-year-old has since found a full-time role work­ing with Headspace Ar­madale and now works as the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer,

de­liv­er­ing work­shops and pre­sen­ta­tions about men­tal health and en­gag­ing with young peo­ple.

Ms Lorkin said the big­gest achieve­ment since be­ing at Headspace was run­ning high school work­shops.

“I have spo­ken to over 5000 young peo­ple and ran 85 work­shops getting the mes­sage out there that every­one can be a help in the past 18 months,” she said.

“You don’t have to be an ex­pert to sup­port a friend, you can just be a lis­ten­ing ear to point you in the right di­rec­tion.”

Ms Lorkin works in the southeast cor­ri­dor but the ma­jor­ity of the work­shops were in the Ar­madale area.

She has been nom­i­nated for the School Drug Ed­u­ca­tion and Road Aware Health and Well­be­ing Award, one of eight cat­e­gories in the WA Young Achiever Awards. Fi­nal­ists will be pre­sented and win­ners an­nounced at an Awards Gala Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner at Pan Pa­cific Perth on May 12.

Picture: Jon Hew­son d464822

Picture: Jon Hew­son d464822

En­gage­ment of­fi­cer Naomi Lorkin.

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