Youth Focus is proud to support headspace day on 5 October – raising awareness of youth mental health. Youth Focus is the lead agency for headspace centres in Albany, Geraldton, Midland and Northam.
For a collective 25 years, Youth Focus has been privileged to play an important role in enabling the engagement of young people in local communities so that headspace can support those experiencing mental health challenges.
Each year, a quarter of young Australians, more than 1 million young people, experience mental health issues. It is important that everyone plays a part in raising awareness of this and that young people know where they can access support.
On Wednesday 5 October, Youth Focus encourages young people and their families to take time in their week to pause and replenish their mental health and wellbeing.
The theme of headspace day 2022 is Pause. Reflect. Reconnect. This theme aims to remind young people and their families that it can be helpful to slow down and take time to do something positive for their mental health and wellbeing.
This headspace day, Youth Focus thanks and acknowledges all headspace centres for the delivery of vital mental health services for young people in the community.
Tips for a healthy headspace
Good mental health and wellbeing allows young people to live their lives in positive and meaningful ways and cope with changes and challenges. It helps with managing work and study, to feel connected to others, be involved in activities and bounce back during difficult times.
There are a number of things everybody can do to look after and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
- Develop your personal coping strategies to handle tough times
- Achieve small tasks and do things you enjoy
- Connect with family and friends
- Stay active
- Get enough sleep
- Eat well
- Cut back on alcohol and other drugs
For more information on how to pause, reflect and reconnect, head to www.headspace.org.au/reconnect
headspace day Events and Celebrations
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Albany Town Square, 7 October
A collaboration between headspace Albany and other mental health and community organisations, the Mad Hatters Tea Party is an inclusive, large-scale community event which raises awareness and reduces stigma around mental health.
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/MadHatterAlbany
Event photos: Mad Hatter Tea Party Albany – Posts | Facebook
Community Event, Midland Junction Arts Centre, 5 October
This headspace day, headspace Midland is encouraging young people, the community and local service providers to pause, reflect and reconnect for an afternoon celebration with special guest speakers and live performances to help raise awareness of youth mental health.
Event photos: headspace day – Midland photos – Facebook
Mindful Walk, Geraldton Foreshore, 5 October
headspace Geraldton will be facilitating a mindful walk along the foreshore Geraldton.
Following this, attendees will head back to the therapy garden for pizza, cake and refreshments.
Event photos: headspace Geraldton – Posts | Facebook
Graffiti Art Workshop, PCYC, 5 October
headspace Northam is hosting two Graffiti Art Workshops, with an Aboriginal Artist and Art Therapist hosting contemporary art workshops.
Event photos: headspace Northam – headspace day Facebook