Parents, carers and community members supporting young people experiencing mental health challenges can register to attend a free mental health workshop in Parkes on 24th August at 12pm.
The workshop will be hosted by Headspace thanks to a $1.2 million investment by the NSW Government. NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the work-shop would help parents and carers better understand the unique challenges facing young people and how to access appropriate support.
“We want everyone in the community to have the opportunity to learn more about the experiences of young people so they can be supportive of the children in their lives as well as becoming strong advocates for positive mental health in the community,” said Sam.
“This is about improving mental health literacy in the community in areas such as recognising danger signs, learning share-able coping skills and accessing local support services.”
Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said understanding suicide would be a key part of the training. “The vast majority of these young people will not act on those thoughts, but we want parents and carers to be able to talk about such thoughts in a way that doesn’t inadvertently shame the young person or encourage them to stay silent.” https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/head-space-national-youth-mental-health-foundation-30549822220