HOPELESSNESS A RECURRING THEME
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.