Headspace using social media to combat youth suicide in Albury Wodonga

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is partnering with Facebook to combat youth suicide. Facebook has provided Headspace with free targeted advertising, which is being used to promote mental health messages to 11 communities across Australia with high rates of youth suicide, including Albury Wodonga. The messages contain advice for young people on where and how to seek help in their region if they are experiencing significant distress. National …

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Hobart’s Headspace centre minds when it matters

Awareness  of mental health and wellbeing has led to soaring demand for a Hobart youth health service. Hobart’s Headspace centre, a mental health service for 12 to 25-year-olds, has seen demand increase as stigma in the community has reduced. Manager Miranda Ashby said she welcomed the extra demand as it showed young people were open to talking and seeking help for issues such as anxiety and depression. “The stigma around …

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Keep people at the heart of mental health

Services such as headspace are vital to our community’s health. There is no disputing this, and nobody is trying to, discusses Emma D’Agostino. The question is, how best to set such services up to meet the ever-growing demand for their help. We will be keenly tracking developments in this space throughout the three-year mental health services reform period, ending in 2019. The federal government has delegated many of the responsibilities to its 31 Primary Health Networks, which …

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It’s time we talked to our kids about suicide

Daily Mercury DON’T let our kids’ calls go unanswered. The Daily Mercury in conjunction with Grapevine Group has launched a petition to Mackay’s principals urging them to get the suicide prevention program SafeTALK into their schools. With suicide rates in Mackay higher than the national average, our kids are hurting and it’s time we tackled the issue directly. Queensland education minister Kate Jones pointed out SafeTALK as a potential way …

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Help available for depressed teens, parents

Article published by The Murray Valley Standard 18 May 2015 Parents concerned about their children’s mental health have a new avenue through which to find help. Youth mental health organisation Headspace has extended its support line to parents, as well as adolescents, after publication of research found family members influenced young people who were considering seeking help for their problems. After compiling responses from 31,000 young people across Australia, Headspace …

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The headspace best practice framework

Mr Nic Telford, Evaluation Manager, headspace will provide an overview of the research, outline the best practice framework and demonstrate how these principles are being practically implemented across headspace centres to improve practice and increase the accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness and sustainability of services provided to young people and its implications for the wider service system at the upcoming 15th International Mental Health Conference. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is …

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Advocates ramp up Headspace campaign

Thomas O’Byrne and Michelle SpeirsThe Guardian – Northern Victoria   SWAN Hill Rural City Council and local health care workers have stepped up their campaign to improve mental health outcomes for young people in the municipality.  With time of the essence, council is penning a letter to Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler seeking an urgent meeting with him to argue the case as to why a Headspace facility should …

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