MAK­ING HEAD­WAY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

ON Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 11, thou­sands of peo­ple across the coun­try gen­er­ously threw their sup­port be­hind the in­au­gu­ral Headspace Day.

Headspace Day cel­e­brated 10 years of in­no­va­tion in youth men­tal health and was also trig­gered by alarm­ing new re­search from Ory­gen and headspace that re­vealed over 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.

Nearly half said they be­lieved they could not be helped.

Ev­ery year, a quar­ter of all young peo­ple in this coun­try will ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health is­sues and we want them all to know headspace is here to help.

With 95 cen­tres across Aus­tralia, in­te­grated with a phone and on­line chat ser­vice eheadspace, over the past decade, headspace has en­abled over 270,000 young peo­ple to ac­cess men­tal health care.

Thanks to ev­ery­one who took part in the first headspace day, we look for­ward to you all join­ing us again next year. PRO­FES­SOR PA­TRICK MCGORRY, Headspace found­ing board mem­ber.

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