THE LETTER OF THE WEEK
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.