By Erin Caizley
Businesses and bands in the Armadale area have been supporting headspace with their first annual headspace Day held today.
headspace Armadale event organiser Kerin Jones says headspace Day is a day of support for young people with mental health issues.
“The theme this year is ‘Access All Areas’ in the hope that every young person, no matter where they live in Australia has access to all health care services,” Ms Jones said.
Businesses in Armadale including Bean Thru Café, Supre and Footlocker decorated their stores with balloons and posters and supplied ‘Access All Area’ wristbands to help support the cause.
Local band, Pacific, supported headspace Day by wearing wristbands to their gig last Thursday night at The Rosemount Hotel and posting about it on social media.
Eighteen-year-old student Issi, who preferred not to give her family name, says she contacted headspace in 2015 when she was completing year 12 exams to talk to someone about feeling anxious.
“I saw something at school about headspace so I contacted them first online using their chat feature and then I called and ended up building a rapport with two particular people and then just called whenever I was feeling anxious,” Issi said.
Issi says headspace is run differently to other organisations.
“At headspace you get to talk to someone a bit younger, they don’t come across as condescending,” Issi said.
“Young people just tend to be more complicated so it’s good to have that support there when things go wrong.”
headspace Armadale celebrated today by holding a morning tea for everyone involved with their centre.
They also ran a screening of the movie Inside Out in the afternoon for all clients and the wider community.
If you need someone to talk to, visit your local headspace or call on 1800 650 890.