Startling new research has revealed the shocking role that “stigma” plays in preventing young Australians seeking help for mental health issues. Each year, a quarter of all young people in this country will experience mental health issues, however many of them will not seek the help that they need.
Last week headspace and Roseberry Community Services constructed a Big Stigma at their Lead Agency’s Head Office on Goondoon Street. This was the start of a vital local awareness campaign that aims to inform our community that the more we talk openly about mental health issues, the easier it becomes for young people to seek help.
Colleen Tribe, General Manager for Roseberry Community Services, the Lead Agency for headspace Gladstone, said stigma plays a profound and significant role in stopping Australian youth from seeking help for mental health issues.
“Stigma can make it harder to ask for help and get support for mental health issues out of fear of being judged.”
From the 27th of July, invited members of the community have assisted in tearing down the Big Stigma by sharing local mental health stories and identifying myths around mental health. This has been done by removing a piece of the stigma from the structure– a panel from its outer shell, containing information about mental health issues and how to seek help for them. Mayor Matt Burnett, and RCS Director Leonie Hills, helped tear down pieces of the Big Stigma last Wednesday the 3rd of August.
As we tear down the stigma, piece by piece and we talk about mental health, the smaller the stigma gets. Roseberry Community Services and headspace, encourages all Australians to use #thebigstigma in all forms of social media to get the conversation going, and to help tear down #thebigstigma.
If you are having a tough time contact headspace on 07 4903 1921 or www.headspace.com.au