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headspace Day 2017

headspace Media Release

Today is #headspaceday – national day to raise awareness of youth mental health.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace day was an opportunity for young people to help other young people – right across the country – with advice and simple tips about how to take care of their mental health.

Mr Trethowan said headspace has posed the question “what helps you feel better?” to the entire nation, from the Prime Minister to sportspeople, celebrities to everyday Australians.

“headspace wants to educate young people on the importance of looking after their mental health and addressing issues early on, before they become more serious,” he said.

Head of clinical practice at headspace, Vikki Ryall, said sharing positive mental health practices can have wide-ranging benefits.

“By talking about how we take care of our mental health it can encourage others to try new ways to look after their health,” she said.

“We need to put as much attention and effort into looking after our mind as we do with our body.”

Ms Ryall said there are a lot of simple things you can do that really promote good mental health – including exercise, meditation and staying connected to mates.

See other mental health tips in the video above

headspace youth advocate Mason Hope, 18, said he struggled with his self-confidence and worth, which impacted his mental health and wellbeing.

“Seeking help at headspace, my life just got so much better and I felt I was finally accepted and valued,” Mason said.

“headspace taught me about meditation and exercise to help me cope when things get tough,” he said.

headspace has made it easy for everyone in Australia to reveal the simple things they do to look after their mental health.

To get involved, go to headspaceday.org.au and download a headspace day placard.

Rugby league great Petero Civoniceva (homepage image) said his mental health tip was spending time with his family.

Share your personal mental health tip on the placard and hold it up in a photo that can be posted on your social media channels using #headspaceday

 “We want people right across the country to share their personal mental health tips and to play a part in supporting young people who might be struggling with their mental health,” Mr Trethowan said.

How you can get involved:

Go to headspaceday.org.au, download a headspace day placard and get some tips for a healthy headspace.

Share your personal mental health tip on the placard and hold it up in a photo that can be posted on your social media channels using #headspaceday 

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