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Katoomba headspace celebrates one year of helping local young people

headspace Katoomba is celebrating its first birthday and one year on, it continues to work with young people in the community to ensure better mental health outcomes.

Over the past year, 380 young Blue Mountains locals have received vital mental health support through the Katoomba service. The centre has provided young people support in mental health, work and study, as well as alcohol and other drugs.

headspace is a unique service in that it gives young people a voice and encourages them to play an active role in shaping the services and spaces that young people access for mental health support.
One of the main aspects of this goal is the Youth Advisory Committee. The committee are young, active, local community members who aim to improve and promote headspace services for those who need them.

Committee member, Abbie, is particularly proud of how they have made the service space welcoming for all people over the last year.

“We all know that finding ways to keep a daily routine with study and work, connecting with family and friends and reaching out for additional help are some of the small steps that can make a big difference,”

“I think it’s really important to create spaces where people can reach out for help and feel comfortable to start to get into that routine”

“I love that we have commissioned artists to create mindful murals in the service. Partnering with TAFE and Farm It Forward has also been a small way to ensure people can feel comfortable visiting our permaculture garden and hopefully use the services available.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic the need for youth mental health services has dramatically risen. A recent study by the headspace National Youth Mental Health Survey released on Sunday 27 June 2021, shows more than one in two young people (54%) feel a sense of loneliness.

Debra Mainwarring is the senior clinician at headspace Katoomba. She is happy to be able to provide such a vital service for young people and their families in the Blue Mountains during this time.

“We knew that there was a high-demand for a service like this in the Blue Mountains. In partnership with other services in the community we continue to work to meet this demand and ensure young people are supported.” she said.

“Early intervention programs such as headspace are critical, as they not only impact young people's lives in the present but can influence the whole community as these young people mature into adulthood.”

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