Model and TV personality Nick Bracks is the latest high-profile
Australian to join forces with the National Youth Mental Health
Foundation, headspace, to help raise awareness
around youth mental health issues and motivate other young people
going through a tough time to seek help early.
The 25-year-old's first role as a headspace
ambassador has been creating a video recounting his personal
struggle with depression and alcohol abuse.
Nick said initially he didn't recognise that what he was going
through was depression and didn't know why he was lacking
motivation, sleeping all day and isolating himself.
"There was nothing that excited me. I was getting through each
week by going out and getting drunk on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights and then doing nothing during the week," Bracks
"I've always been an early riser but I'd be spending all day in
bed, thinking why get up, I've got nothing to get out of bed for. I
didn't want to face the world and even felt anxious about going to
see friends," Nick said.
Nick said he used alcohol as a coping mechanism and recalls the
drink driving incident that lead to his father, then-Victorian
Premier Steve Bracks, telling reporters he had been an "absolute
"I used alcohol to cover up what was really going on because I
didn't want to face my real problems. This led me to the point
where I put my life and the lives of my closest friends in danger,"
Nick said he hoped that by working with
headspace, more young people will hear his story
and recognise how small problems can spiral out of control when you
put off getting help.
"I want people to realise that these issues are common and
there's plenty of help available to get things back on track,"
headspace CEO Chris Tanti said stories like
Nick's can help spark conversations between young people and their
friends and family around mental health and break down the stigma
that stops young people seeking help.
"Each year around one-in-seven teenagers and more than a quarter
of 18 to 25 year olds will experience mental health problems or
problems with alcohol and drugs. But sadly only one in four will
actually get professional help," Tanti said.
"I think Nick's story will strike a chord with young people who
might be unsure about reaching out for help."
Nick's ongoing partnership with headspace will
be on a national and local community level, speaking at schools and
getting involved in youth mental health campaigns throughout the
View Nick's video and get more information about
headspace at headspace.org.au
headspace media contact:
0413 025 385