With Mental Health Week just around the corner, the crew at headspace Kalgoorlie are hoping to show young people the benefits of sharing their own mental health tips.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in four young people have experienced a mental health issue in the past 12 months — a higher prevalence than in all other age groups.
On Monday, centres across the country will celebrate National headspace Day in a bid to reverse that troubling statistic.
Headspace manager Ashley Cridlandsaid sharing positive mental health practices could have wide-ranging benefits. “By talking about how we take care of our mental health, it can encourage others to try new ways to look after their health,” she said.
“We need to put as much attention and effort into looking after our mind as we do with our body.”
Ms Cridland said there were many simple things people could do to promote good mental health, including exercise, meditation and staying connected to mates.
This year, young people are encouraged to to think critically about their own mental health, with headspace posing the question “What helps you feel better?”
By heading online and downloading a headspace placard, everyone is encouraged to write down personal mental health tips.
Headspace chief executive Jason Trethowan said the day was an opportunity for young people to help each other with advice about how to take care of their mental health.
“Headspace wants to educate young people on the importance of looking after their mental health and addressing issues early on before they become more serious,” he said.
National headspace Day is on Monday, with Mental Health Week kicking off on Saturday.