CHOP FOR A CAUSE
Headspace training provides knowledge to help maintain work and study
ALMOST a third of young people in Mt Druitt are becoming disengaged with the community – and are not working nor studying. According to recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Tregear had the highest level of youth disengagement.
A total of 29.3 per cent of youths are not working or studying. Bidwill followed closely with 27.9 per cent.
This is more than 20 per cent higher than the state average of 9.3 per cent.
Mt Druitt state Labor MP Edmond Atalla said these statistics were alarming.
“The Mt Druitt electorate has one of the lowest average ages in all of NSW, meaning there are more younger people in comparison to other areas – making statistics higher,” Mr Atalla said. “The cost is making studying really unaffordable – the Government is asking young people to commit to a mortgage before starting their lives. Studying and employment go hand in hand’” he said.
Headspace Mt Druitt manager Elizabeth Ben- netts encouraged parents and young people to seek help when disengagement was an issue.
“It’s hugely important to spend time with young people to rebuild connections and engagement that have been lost,” Mrs Bennetts said.
“Often it takes several attempts and a consistent approach to engage with young people.
“Headspace Mt Druitt also offers health promotion and community development initiatives. These include training sessions on how to achieve good mental health, increasing helpseeking behaviour and sessions that provide knowledge and skills around maintaining work and study.”