Release date: Mon, 3rd, Oct. 2016

Because every young person should have access to mental health services.

27 September 2016


On Tuesday, 11 October #headspaceday will be celebrated for the first time, right around Australia.
#headspaceday is about ensuring young people across the country have access to youth friendly, mental health services, no matter where they live.
We're asking everyone in Ballarat and the surrounding areas to be part of this history-making day and come together to raise much needed awareness about youth mental health.
#headspaceday signifies what headspace is: a comprehensive, early-intervention mental health service for 12-25 year olds. Young people can visit one of our 95 centres across the country to get help, seek advice or have a chat online or over the phone, from anywhere in Australia, through eheadspace.
Celebrities, sports stars, musicians and politicians will be wearing #headspaceday wristbands to show their support on 11 October and we want YOU to wear one as well.
Anyone living in and around Ballarat can drop into headspace Ballarat and pick up an Access All Areas wristband, from there you can take a photo and share on social media with the hashtag #headspaceday.
headspace Ballarat centre manager Janelle Johnson said #headspaceday is an unprecedented opportunity for people in Ballarat to raise awareness about youth mental health.
"By wearing a #headspaceday wristband on 11 October, every Australian can share their support for young people experiencing mental health issues and raise awareness about the importance of access to services for all young people," Ms Johnson said.
Every year, a quarter of all young people across Australia will experience mental health issues and we want them to know that headspace is here to help.

To do your bit on headspace day you can:
1. Wear - Wear a headspace day Access All Areas wristband on the day
2. Share - Post your support on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #headspaceday
3. Donate - Make a donation at headspaceday.org.au

Over the past decade, close to 260,000 young people from all over Australia have had access to mental health care with the provision of more than 1.5 million services in person, online or over the phone at headspace.
If you would like to arrange a photo opportunity with your local centre, please contact Lauren Wall on 53380512 or Janelle Johnson on (03) 5304 4777.
headspace operates 95 centres across Australia, for details visit www.headspace.org.au.
If you are having a tough time, visit your local centre or contact headspace on 1800 650 890 or www.eheadspace.org.au

#headspaceday is for every Australian!

ABN 26 137 533 843 headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health