Headspace youth listed for award

Southern Telegraph - - 2015 Mental Health Week - Hay­ley God­dard

Ad­vis­ing on Rock­ing­ham headspace’s strate­gic di­rec­tion and how it can meet the needs of young peo­ple in the re­gion has earned its Youth Ref­er­ence Group a place in the fi­nals of Men­tal Health Good Out­comes Awards.

Youth Ref­er­ence Group mem­ber Glen Hatwell said he had been in­volved with headspace since be­fore it opened last year be­cause he wanted to make a dif­fer­ence to the way young peo­ple sought help for men­tal health is­sues, hav­ing type­one bi-po­lar him­self.

“I have a lived ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness, I did not grad­u­ate high school be­cause I be­came very un­well and was hos­pi­talised, but when I got out I didn’t have much di­rec­tion,” he said.

“I haven’t used the ser­vice, but the level of sup­port, mak­ing friends, be­ing out in the com­mun- ity and get train­ing through headspace has made me feel I can take on big­ger things. “It’s got me to where I am now.” He said he was proud of the work the YRG had been able to achieve in­clud­ing the Pride march, driv­ing aware­ness of men­tal health and re­mov­ing the stigma of seek­ing help and gam­bling, all while work­ing or study­ing.

“It’s a good feel­ing to be recog­nised for all the stuff we have been do­ing and it would great if more peo­ple wanted to get in­volved,” he said.

YRG fa­cil­i­ta­tor and headspace com­mu­nity worker Kirstin Janes nom­i­nated the group for the Equal Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion Award for hu­man rights, eq­uity and di­ver­sity in men­tal health be­cause she was proud of their achieve­ments, go­ing be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions.

The win­ners will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 6.

Pic­ture: Kate Rus­sell

Travis Perry and Brix Ot­t­away, front, and Glen Hatwell, Kirsten Janes and Sa­muel Win­ner, rear.

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