Bringing family members or friends along on the journey to support those going through tough mental health problems is vital according to headspace.
In a move to encourage more family members to actively play a role in a young persons mental health journey, headspace Port Macquarie are wanting to connect with family members and members of the local community.
Amy Scholes, community engagement officer, at headspace Port Macquarie said she is keen to hear from members of the public about how best the organisation can help those who help young people.
“At the moment I am really focused on trying to find ways on how best to help the supporters of young people with mental health issues,” Ms Scholes said.
“We have always recognised the need for the family and friends of our clients to be involved on the journey but now we are trying to really engage them in ways we haven’t in the past.
“We know that research suggests most mental health issues emerge before a person is 25 and that is why we think connecting with and supporting their support group is so important.”
Ms Scholes said that support can be managed in a number of ways and there are so many avenues to help those who are struggling with their mental health.
“It could be as simple as checking in with a friend at school or knowing what services are available and out there in case someone asks you for help," she said.
“But there is still that stigma about talking about mental health and for young people to know there are adults and friends out there who will support them and help them if needed can also be hugely beneficial for them.
“Being vulnerable can be hard for people but knowing there are safe places and people to talk to is crucial and on the flip side knowing when to step in and offer help and knowing when to stand back is also useful for friends and family members.”
Ms Scholes said she is encouraging people to get in touch with her if they are keen to get involved with seeking support in supporting young people or having been through that are keen to offer advice.
To get in touch email Amy at Amy.Scholes@each.com.au.
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