headspace day - Monday 9 October 2017 #headspaceday - Share your personal mental health tip
Supporting the 1 in 4 young Australians experiencing mental health issues.

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headspace day takes place on Monday 9 October 2017 as part of National Mental Health Week.

On headspace day we are asking all Australians to share their personal tips on how they take care of their mental health. We want to gather thousands of ideas so that young people can see the many different ways to maintain a healthy headspace.

To share your tip:

  1. Download a headspace day placard and write your tip in the speech bubble (nice and big so it’s easy to see)
  2. Take a photo with the placard and share it on your social media channels using #headspaceday
Tips for a healthy headspace
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat healthy food
  • Connect with people
  • Do hobbies and keep learning
  • Exercise and stay active
  • Make time to relax
  • Cut back on alcohol and other drugs
  • Talk and seek support

Download the Tips for a healthy headspace fact sheet

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Real stories from real people

Anna Flanagan

Australian hockey champion and headspace day 2017 ambassador Anna Flanagan opens up about her own struggles over the past 12 months.

Read Anna's full story  


When you’re in the prime of your teen years, it’s easy to feel lost, helpless. For some, also experiencing bullying and being teased by peers in school. You know you are short because you have a short stature, and yet everyone around you makes remarks and comments. These remarks and comments hurt and make you cry. Rubbish gets thrown at you, and you can’t tell the teacher because they threaten to punch you if you do. Place a chronic illness on top of this, and your life feels like it’s crumbling beneath your feet, and each day, all you want to do is get through. You consider life is worthless and the thoughts of self-harm linger constantly, you feel very blue and down in your emotions. Life is worthless, life is not worth living…these are the words that are constantly in your mind and do not escape.

Read Pia's full story  


I guess what defines me is what I've been through. I rarely hide away - I wear my scars with pride. Throughout my life I’ve gone through many hardships. I’ve been knocked down time and time again, but perseverance has a way of shining through. I had a hard time growing up as I was quite overweight during school, and I didn’t have a solid father-figure in my life. That being said, my mother and sister were my strength. I couldn't have asked for a better family unit. When I was 18 I suffered a major spinal injury, which left me having to go through intense physiotherapy to help me walk properly again. This was followed by other injuries, such as herniated discs and debilitating pain.

Read Elvis's full story  


I experienced mental health issues at a young age and it was amplified from trauma I faced in my late teens. I realised I needed help and started reaching out with the support of my school and friends at the peak of when thing were tough. After getting help from the school counsellor, I was initially very hesitant to seek help from outside of them – it suddenly made it all too real and serious, and really felt like something was wrong with me.

Read Domina's full story  


Growing up, school was not a happy place for me and things were tough in about grade 4 and I started to get bullied. By the time I was in grade 7, I was bullied to the point of having anxiety attacks, and I was suffering from depression. I would also get asthma attacks from anxiety, I was not attending school for a while with a recommendation from my doctor. I was a sad and lonely boy. I saw my dad twice over the years, and he would never return my calls. Mum was around, but just living her life. I felt discarded.

Read Mason's full story  

About headspace

headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, provides early intervention services to 12-25 year olds. headspace offers a youth-friendly service that supports young people experiencing mental health issues to get back on track. headspace has a network of 100 centres across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia, which is integrated with a comprehensive phone and online chat service called eheadspace. Over the past decade, headspace has provided 355,000 young people with mental health services, which equates to close to 2 million services in person, online or over the phone.

To find out more about headspace, please visit www.headspace.org.au

young people

have sought help through our
centres and through eheadspace.

of these young people

have shown significant improvement after seeking support from headspace.

Nearly 2 million
services provided

either in person, online or
over the phone.

Young people can access headspace services, no matter where they live in Australia. They can seek help through:

100 centres

across Australia

Find a centre


by phone and online consultation services

Visit eheadspace

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