Headspace Bendigo's tips for supporting young people's wellbeing
Headspace Bendigo offers a variety of services to those aged between 12 and 25, with four core streams of:
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Education, Employment and other services
As well as these, headspace Bendigo is regularly involved in community events, providing education sessions and engaging the youth of the community in the work we do.
Our HEY Project worker provides education sessions on Gender Diversity and other LGBTIQ+ related topics for schools or workplaces.
Youth mental health is certainly one of Australia’s biggest health and economic challenges, with one in four young people experiencing mental health difficulties at any one time.
Young people face many stressors from day to day, and at times this can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. As such, it is important as community organisations that we are aware of how to identify stress, anxiety or other mental health conditions in young people and help them navigate through this difficult time.
Warning signs to look out for in young people include:
Not enjoying or not wanting to be involved in things they normally enjoy
Changes in appetite and/or sleeping patterns
Being easily irritated or angry for no reason
A drop in performance at school, TAFE, university or work
Risky behaviour that they would usually avoid, such as taking drugs or drinking Too much alcohol
Experiencing difficulties with their concentration
Seeming unusually stressed, worried, down or crying for no reason
Expressing negative, distressing, bizarre or unusual thoughts
If you notice the above signs in a young person, please encourage them to:
Be physically active
Take time to relax and unwind
Talk to friends and family
Sleep and eat well
Be informed and work on coping strategies
Seek help from a mental health professional or GP
Some apps that can help with various mental health issues include:
As well as the apps listed, there are various websites which young people can get information and use to help them prevent and manage mental health problems such as depression and anxiety such as:
If you know of any young person who needs support, headspace Bendigo is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, at 78-80 Pall Mall, Bendigo.
If young people have difficulty accessing our service, please encourage them to utilise eheadspace.org.au.
eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people aged 12 to 25 years and their family can web chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. The service is available from 9am to 1am.