THE LET­TER OF THE WEEK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - YOUR SAY - Prof Pa­trick McGorry, headspace

ON OC­TO­BER 11, thou­sands of peo­ple gen­er­ously threw their sup­port be­hind the in­au­gu­ral Headspace Day.

This na­tional day en­sures every young per­son has ac­cess to youth friendly men­tal health ser­vices.

Headspace Day cel­e­brated 10 years of in­no­va­tion in youth men­tal health and was also trig­gered by alarm­ing new re­search re­veal­ing more than 50 per cent of young peo­ple were wait­ing six or more months be­fore seek­ing help for men­tal health is­sues.

This pe­riod of wait­ing and wor­ry­ing can have detri­men­tal ef­fects. From so­cial iso­la­tion to re­la­tion­ship break­downs, drug and al­co­hol abuse and in se­vere cases, in­ci­dents of self-harm or sui­cide. The re­search also un­cov­ered close to 50 per cent of young peo­ple said fi­nan­cial cost pre­vented them from get­ting treat­ment. Nearly half said they be­lieved they couldn’t be helped and over 50 per cent said they were afraid of what oth­ers would think. These per­cep­tions must change. If you who would like to sup­port headspace, visit headspace­day.org.au to see how you and your lo­cal com­mu­nity can get in­volved.

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