Fruit, milk and art-and-craft activities were dispensed at a Headspace marquee celebrating Headspace Day located at Bunnings on Tuesday.
Headspace, a comprehensive and early intervention mental health service for 12-25 year olds, celebrated its inaugural launch in Bunbury as part of Mental Health Week (October 8-15).
This year’s theme for Mental Health Week is Act-Belong-Commit with a focus on suicide prevention – ‘Together we can save lives’.
The lovely ladies manning the marquee stopped passer-byers and engaged them in conversation, shared stories about mental health and highlighted the importance of listening.
They also encouraged passerby's to paint positive messages to hang on a bunting flag.
Headspace centre manager Beth Castieau said Headspace Day is an unprecedented opportunity for people in Bunbury to raise awareness about youth mental health.
“By wearing a headspace wristband today, every Australian can share their support for young people experiencing mental health issues and raise awareness about the importance of access to services for all young people,” she said.
“Every year, a quarter of all young people across Australia will experience mental health issues and we want them to know that Headspace is here to help.”
Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held every October each year to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
If you are having a tough time, visit your local centre or contact Headspace on 1800 650 890 or www.eheadspace.org.au
For other activities celebrating Mental Health Week, contact Red Cross Bunbury Office 97266700.