Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, has encouraged young Australians in Wide Bay to take part in National headspace Day by looking out for their mental health.
Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, has encouraged young Australians in Wide Bay to take part in National headspace Day by looking out for their mental health. Lachie Millard

Member for Wide Bay concerned for our youths mental health

MEMBER for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien, has encouraged young Australians in Wide Bay to take part in National headspace Day by looking out for their mental health.

National headspace Day draws attention to a significant issue in our region, and encourages young people to discuss their mental health and take steps to improve their well-being.

There are an estimated 20,744 young people in Wide Bay, and each year, about one in four of them will experience mental health issues.

Mr O'Brien said Wide Bay youth could get involved by attending a local event, by talking and sharing ideas with family and friends, or by learning tips to help build and maintain a healthy headspace. 

"About 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness, and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experiences mental illness in any given year,” he said.

"Young people need to look after their mental health and wellbeing on an ongoing basis. To help with this, headspace National has released wellbeing kits, with seven tips for a healthy headspace.” 

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the Government was committed to supporting headspace, and to: "giving young people access to services early in life, to help reduce the duration and impact of mental illness.”

"I want our young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that headspace is there to deliver quality front-line support and coordinate the right interventions for people who are at risk,” he said. 

"In 2019-20, the Government will provide almost $120 million across the 111 headspace services across Australia, and we committed $111.3 million over seven years in the 2019-20 Budget to expand the headspace network to 145 services by 2021.”

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