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Making a difference this Queensland Mental Health Week

Date published

09 Oct 2023

headspace Cairns* is encouraging people to remain connected with family, friends, and the broader community during Queensland Mental Health Week (Octo

This year’s theme of ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’ reflects the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

headspace Cairns Centre Manager Gabrielle Gill said the work the organisation does is often about maintaining important connections and ensuring young people, and those supporting them, have awareness where to get help if, and when, they need it.

“It’s just so important anyone feeling vulnerable feels safe and supported so they understand they’re not alone,” Ms Gill said.

“headspace Cairns fully supports Queensland Mental Health Week and remains committed to making a difference in the lives of young people and those who care for them.”

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) (Queensland Section) State Manager Mental Health Dawie Scheepers said headspace Cairns continues to play an important role in supporting positive mental health outcomes across the region.

“We know 1 in 5 Australians will experience mental illness each year and young people are particularly vulnerable,” Mr Scheepers said.

“Gabrielle and the team continue to offer a free and welcoming safe space for all young people which we know is making a difference.”

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) Operations Director - Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Cara McCormack said the headspace Cairns services were essential drivers for positive change in the community.

“Mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians, with young people aged 12-25 years experiencing high levels of psychological distress,” Ms McCormack said.

“Promoting good mental health, preventing mental illness, and reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness is a shared responsibility between government, service providers, individuals, and communities.

“headspace Cairns does important work to support young people in our region, and we’re proud to work with both the RFDS and headspace to support this crucial service.”

Any young person, family, or friend in need of support can visit headspace Cairns between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (until 7.30pm Thursday) at Level 2, 42 Grafton Street.

Support is also available via phone and online counselling service eheadspace seven days a week between 9am–1am (AEST). The number is 1800 650 890.

Those seeking immediate help can call Lifeline (13 11 14) and Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) 24/7.

*headspace Cairns is operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section). All headspace services are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Administration of funding is carried out by the headspace centre’s local Primary Health Network.