headspace began in 2006 by providing tailored and holistic mental health support to 12 – 25-year-olds. With more than 75 percent of mental health issues developing before a person turns 25, headspace focuses on early intervention, working with young people to provide support at a crucial time in their lives.
The organisation helps individuals get back on track, strengthening their ability to manage their mental health going forward. headspace tailors its services to the evolving and unique needs of younger generations, with young people playing an active role in designing, developing and evaluating different programs.
Young people, the group least vulnerable to Covid-19, suffered the most from its economic fallout. At the crucial moment of transition – from school to a first job, further study or the start of an apprenticeship – they found themselves suddenly adrift, experiencing high levels of mental distress.
According to the ABS, one in three workers aged 18-24 lost their job during COVID-19, a disproportionate amount in comparison to other age groups. While things have improved – with lockdowns ending in most states – the employment rate of young Australian adults remains just under 60%.
All systems go
When COVID-19 hit, headspace moved quickly to create additional resources to support young people going through a tough time.
Moreover, they shifted their entire operations to remote working, with headspace centres deploying different modes of service delivery, including telehealth.
Studies have found that on top of the financial stress, losing a job can increase a person’s risk of health problems, such as depression and anxiety.
Simon Dodd, headspace National Clinical Advisor says, “Young people are at a critical stage of their lives. We know they feel pressure to be working towards their career or study goals, and when this is impacted, due to events out of their control like COVID-19, it can have a serious impact on their mental health.
How you can help
While headspace receives funding from the government, they benefit hugely from any extra support, which aims to: