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A group of young Indigenous Australians from across the country have been chosen to assist in the development of a new community awareness campaign for headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation.
The aim of the campaign is to improve mental health literacy among young Indigenous Australians, and increase the number of individuals who utilise headspace to address problems affecting their mental health and wellbeing. The final product will be a targeted and culturally appropriate mental health and wellbeing campaign that will encourage young Indigenous Australians to access headspace when they need support.
Chris Tanti, headspace CEO, reports that the campaign needs to be driven by young people if it is to be successful. ‘Depression, anxiety, and suicide affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth at a higher rate than non-Indigenous young people, so it's imperative that we reach them in the right way, with the right messages.'
headspace has a national network of 55 centres across metropolitan, regional and rural areas, as well as an online and telephone counselling service, eheadspace.
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