THE LET­TER OF THE WEEK

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

OC­TO­BER is Men­tal Health Month, when we put ex­tra em­pha­sis on un­der­stand­ing and recog­nis­ing men­tal health is­sues.

The signs of men­tal health is­sues can be hard to de­tect or even de­lib­er­ately hidden, there­fore men­tal health aware­ness should be some­thing we think about on a day-to-day ba­sis.

This year’s theme is Learn and Grow. Youth Off The Streets has, and al­ways will, en­cour­age young peo­ple to learn about recog­nis­ing and cop­ing with men­tal health is­sues. Our ser­vices pro­vide psy­chol­o­gists, coun­sel­lors and youth work­ers to give young peo­ple the best pos­si­ble sup­port they des­per­ately need. Men­tal ill­nesses are se­verely af­fect­ing youth with a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of cases de­vel­op­ing into long-term is­sues or even re­sult­ing in sui­cide. Us­ing this op­por­tu­nity to tackle men­tal health is­sues is cru­cial, as giv­ing youth sup­port and cop­ing mech­a­nisms in such a tran­si­tional pe­riod of their life sets them up for a suc­cess­ful fu­ture. I ask that we take Men­tal Health Month as an op­por­tu­nity to grow as a na­tion and stand by our young peo­ple. Fa­ther Chris Ri­ley, Youth off the Streets

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