Brains can be weird

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western opinion -

I AM writ­ing to let par­ents know that be­yond­blue has just re­leased a new cam­paign aimed at teenagers.

It’s called ‘Brains can have a mind of their own’ and it’s de­signed specif­i­cally to cut through the crowded so­cial me­dia space and grab the at­ten­tion of young peo­ple.

The mes­sage is that brains are weird. They can keep you awake at night, stop you go­ing out, make it hard for you to con­cen­trate and keep you on edge.

It’s a sad fact that de­spite the ef­forts of many or­gan­i­sa­tions like be­yond­blue, headspace and Batyr, young peo­ple con­tinue to take their lives.

In fact, lat­est fig­ures show that 350 young peo­ple aged 15 to 24 died by sui­cide in 2013.

That is 350 too many. That means 350 dev­as­tated fam­i­lies and count­less be­reaved friends and ac­quain­tances.

For peo­ple who are con­cerned about the men­tal health of their teenage chil­dren, please have a look at the be­yond­blue web­site at www.be­yond­blue.org.au, which has loads of free in­for­ma­tion for par­ents.

If you need more ad­vice or just some­one to talk to about your con­cerns, please call the Be­yond­blue Sup­port Ser­vice on 1300 224 636, which is staffed by men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als 24/7, or you or your child can chat live on­line with staff be­tween 3pm and mid­night AEST at www.be­yond­blue.org.au/get-sup­port

Jeff Kennett, Chair­man, be­yond­blue.

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