THE LETTER OF THE WEEK
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