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Parents and Carers Encouraged to Book In for Free Mental Health Workshops

Parents and carers in the St George area are encouraged to attend a series of free workshops hosted by Headspace to help them better understand youth mental health.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said the start of a new school year can be as unsettling as it is exciting and supporting youth mental health must be a core focus.

“With students returning to the classroom this week, these workshops are educating parents on the challenges impacting youth mental health, to help ensure that their children feel connected and supported,” Mr Coure said.

“We want parents, carers and community leaders to understand how to proactively support the mental health and wellbeing of our young people, including how to initiate these tricky conversations.”

Minister for Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor, said acting early is one of the best ways to prevent small mental health issues from getting bigger and more serious.

“We want all parents and carers to feel confident in talking about mental health with their kids on a regular basis, so they can determine as quickly as possible if professional support is needed,” Minister Taylor said.

“These workshops will address local challenges, point the way to nearby support services and allow the community to ask questions about what they can do to help young people who are struggling.”

Headspace CEO, Jason Trethowan, said understanding suicide will be a key part of the training.

“Suicide and mental health can feel like a really daunting subject to speak about with your young person,” Mr Trethowan said.

“Parents and carers are best placed to support change when they have access to resources and feel supported to manage difficult times.”

Parents, carers and community members can register to attend these free workshops.

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