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A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
from across Australia have been chosen to develop a new national
community awareness campaign for headspace and
will travel to Melbourne next week to begin work on the
The campaign aims to improve mental health literacy among
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and increase the
number coming to headspace for problems affecting
their mental health and wellbeing.
headspace has a national network of 55 centres
across metropolitan, regional and rural areas as well as online
and telephone counselling service,
The group of 12 young people from around the country, including
Elcho Island, Brisbane, Darwin, Broome and Perth, will come
together for a week in Melbourne to work with
headspace and its indigenous creative agency,
The final product will be a targeted and culturally appropriate
mental health and wellbeing campaign that will encourage Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander young people to come to
headspace when they need support.
Chris Tanti, headspace CEO, said for the
campaign to be successful, it needs to be driven by young
"Depression, anxiety and suicide affect Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander youth at a higher rate than non-Indigenous young
people, so it's imperative that we reach them in the right way,
with the right messages," said Mr Tanti.
"Learning what young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people need from the start, we can tailor something that will
generate real outcomes," said Mr Tanti.
Nearly 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people,
between the ages of 18 and 25, applied to take part in the workshop
and short-listed applicants took part in an interview where they
outlined their interest in mental health and wellbeing, marketing,
media and campaign development.
Mr Tanti said the organisation has a relatively
high number of young people identifying as Aboriginal or Torres
Strait Islander accessing headspace services.
"We know that young people in this group find
headspace to be a welcoming and trustworthy place
to go for their problems, but we also know there are many young
people at risk we aren't reaching," said Mr Tanti.
During the week headspace will provide the
young people with opportunities for skill development, training and
mentoring in a range of areas including campaign development,
media, marketing and mental health and wellbeing.
Mr Tanti said he hopes the young people will find the week a
rewarding learning experience.
"We want to ensure the program resonates with and educates other
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in communities
across Australia as well as provide valuable skills and training to
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The primary focus of headspace is the mental
health and wellbeing of young Australians.
headspace helps 12 - 25 year olds going through a
tough time through a national network of 55
headspace centres (soon to be 100) and online and
telephone counselling service eheadspace.
headspace can help young people with general health,
mental health, education and employment and alcohol and other drug
headspace was established and funded by the
Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006.
Visit headspace.org.au to find a headspace
centre or access help.