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New Australian App to Combat Homophobia, Depression and Bullying Called Headspace


Star Observer reports:

Youth mental health foundation headspace has declared war on homophobia, bullying and depression with a new smart phone app that encourages young Australians take on the three big issues from the privacy of their own phone.

It’s part of The Fifth Army campaign, in partnership with retail clothing company Cotton On, launched on Wednesday to urge young people to stand up against those issues.

Neighbours star James Mason, who plays the gay character Chris, said they were trying to raise awareness around homophobia and bullying.

“First hand I can’t say I’ve experienced it myself but through my character I’ve learnt a lot about homosexuality and the traumas people can face when coming out,” he said.

“There’s so many people out there, young people and the general public who have no idea what someone would go through in these circumstances so it’s really great to be involved in something like this and help create awareness.” Full Article Here

What is headspace?

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.

Looking for someone to talk to? If you’re 12-25, you can get health advice, support and information from headspace. With centres all around Australia, headspace can help you with:

  • General health
  • Mental health and counselling
  • Education, employment and other services
  • Alcohol and other drug services.

So we’re here for you if you:

  • are feeling down, stressed or can’t stop worrying
  • haven’t felt like yourself for a long time
  • can’t deal with school or finding it difficult to concentrate
  • are feeling sick or worried about your health
  • want to cut down on your drinking or drug use
  • want to talk about sexuality, identity or relationships
  • are having difficulties with friendships
  • have sexual health issues or want to find out about contraception
  • are being bullied, hurt or harassed
  • are worried about work or study or if you’re having money trouble

headspace is a place you can go to talk to someone about any of these issues.

headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006.

Our primary focus is the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. We know that getting help early is the key to resolving these problems quickly. headspace is making a difference where it is needed most – our young people.

To find out if there is a headspace centre near you click here.

Click here to download a PDF of our brochure

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