Today is National headspace Day, which puts the issue of young Australians’ mental health in the spotlight.
The day draws attention to a significant national issue and encourages young people to discuss their mental health, and take steps to improve their wellbeing.
About 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness, and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experiences mental illness in any given year.
Young Australians are encouraged to celebrate headspace day by attending events across the country, by talking and sharing ideas with family and friends, and by learning tips to help build and maintain a healthy headspace.
headspace National has developed physical and digital wellbeing kits with interactive tools for the seven tips for a healthy headspace, encouraging young people to look after their mental health and wellbeing on an ongoing basis.
The Morrison Government is committed to supporting headspace and to giving young people access to services early in life to help reduce the duration and impact of mental illness.
In 2019-20, the Government will provide almost $120 million across the 111 headspace services across Australia, and we committed $111.3 million over seven years in the 2019-20 Budget, to expand the headspace network to 145 services by 2021.
Since 2006, headspace has supported more than 500,000 young Australians with, or at risk of, mild to moderate mental illness to strengthen their wellbeing and manage their mental health.