Young invited to apply for role on headspace reference group

WITH young people returning to school last week, headspace Bankstown is reminding them and the adults supporting them that help is available for mental health and wellbeing.

During what can be a time of excitement or anxiety and nerves, headspace Bankstown is encouraging young people to take steps to look after themselves and want parents to know how they can best support their young people. If you notice your young person is having a tough time, there are ways you can show your support.
Tips include: Talk openly and honestly with them, and let them know you are concerned, reassure them you will be there for them, and ask what they need from you; help them build a support network; let them know there is lots of help available, including professional support – reach out to headspace Bankstown; and explore Partners in Parenting – an online-based support program to help parents build skills with supporting young people’s wellbeing.
headspace Bankstown’s Service & Community Development Officer, Marwa Kechtban, said they were also inviting young people to apply to be part of their Youth Reference Group (YRG) to help improve headspace services.
“It is a great opportunity for young people to help empower others and advocate on their behalf through involvement in a range of community engagement activities,” she said.
YRG member Celine Nguyen said being part of the group had helped her immensely.
“I have been provided with many opportunities to be involved in meaningful projects and events,” she said.
“I highly recommend other young people join the YRG as you can make a real difference in the community and discover yourself and your strengths.”
It is open to all young people aged 16-24 years who are passionate about youth mental health and can dedicate two to four hours a month.
Applications close Sunday, February 11. Express your interest at