Depression and Anxiety in our Teens and young Adults

Dear Joy Readers,

This blog is extremley important and comes prompted from a talk that I recently attended at my daughters school where a team from Headspace at Ipswich came to chat to us about the many issues of anxiety and depression that our young teens to young adults can suffer from today. Ages covered were (12-25).

As we are not experts on the topic here at Joy I contacted Gillian Marshall-Pierce who is the Headspace Ipswich Community Development Co-Ordinator who has provided us with this amazing blog that all of us as parents will find very helpful. So thankyou so much Gillian.

Headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention health services for young people aged 12-25. The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Each headspace centre is different and reflective of the needs of the local community. There are up to 90 centres across the country and in the Brisbane region, there are seven centres: Woolangabba, Taringa, Inala, Nundah, Meadowbrook, Ipswich and Redcliffe.

You can click here headspace to find your nearest centre.

Headspace centres can run groups and activities for young people and even information sessions for parents and carers. They often have an array of Private Practitioners available including Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers etc.

Young people accessing the centre can self refer or be referred by others with their consent. They initially have a thorough intake to get a complete picture of what is happening for them and what support they need. They then ideally need to go to a GP to get a Mental Health Care Plan, this can allow them up to 10 Medicare paid for sessions (with no gap) 1 on 1 with someone and up to 10 group sessions if they have a Medicare card. For those not eligible currently with a Medicare card, they may be able to participate or connect with the centre in other ways, such as free community events. It is recommended that people find the website and facebook page of the centre closest to them to be in the know about what’s going on.

Headspace centres also provide free community presentations to schools, organisations, clubs and other group about an array of topics including mental health, bullying, tips for a healthy headspace, dealing with stress and anxiety etc. Contact your local centre for more information.

The Meadowbrook headspace also has a Youth Early Psychosis Program attached to it, which is for young people displaying early stages of psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or having hallucinations etc.

Eheadspace is also available, it’s for young people to online chat or phone with a youth mental health practitioner, if they are going through a tough time and seeking support or advice. This can be great for young people in more regional or remote locations. Headspace centres are dedicated to supporting and encouraging help seeking amongst young people, so they can get the support they need to get back on track and not let problems grow.

Thankyou so much Gillian. Please remember contact your nearest Headspace centre if you think your child is struggling, or alternatively if you have any questions please contact us here at Joy and we can forward anything onto the fabulous staff at Headspace.

Blessings the Joy Girls xxx

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