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.