HOPE­LESS­NESS A RE­CUR­RING THEME

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

ABOUT 70 young peo­ple a month are be­ing re­ferred to headspace Mt Druitt for help. Of those, about 40 per cent ad­mit to ei­ther at­tempt­ing or think­ing about sui­cide, ac­cord­ing to team leader Lisa Bok­tor (left). In some cases, she said, the threat of sui­cide was more im­mi­nent re­quir­ing an am­bu­lance to be called. “I would say this hap­pens, on av­er­age, once a month – some­times more and some­times less,” Ms Bok­tor said. Headspace is the Na­tional Youth Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion pro­vid­ing early in­ter­ven­tion men­tal health ser­vices to peo­ple aged be­tween 12 and 25. Ms Bok­tor said while each case was dif­fer­ent, at the core most clients shared feel­ing a sense of hope­less­ness and iso­la­tion. “Al­co­hol and drugs play a big role, and bul­ly­ing, es­pe­cially cy­ber bul­ly­ing,” Ms Bok­tor said. “Among the older pop­u­la­tion we see, so your 18 to 25-year-olds, the lack of hav­ing a mean­ing­ful role, so ei­ther study or work, can play a big part as well.” Young peo­ple do not need a re­fer­ral to ac­cess sup­port at headspace. Walk-ins are wel­come at 12/6-10 Mount St, Mt Druitt. De­tails: 8887 5600.

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