Life can be full of ups and downs and the reality is that we all know someone who is impacted with mental health concerns.
Since 2012, Youturn has provided early intervention mental health services to 12 – 25 year olds through five (5) headspace centres in South East Queensland (Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Gympie, Maroochydore and Caboolture), which are funded by three Primary Health Networks (PHN’s).
For various reasons including the pandemic and Queensland rental crisis, the demand for mental health services has increased, with young people struggling to find the support that they need and often facing long wait times.
To meet the demand, Youturn is fundraising for additional tools and innovative solutions to complement our mental health programs to support young people in South East Queensland.
“Mental Health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”
Mental Health services across Australia are experiencing a high demand from young people needing mental health support.
We believe that there is more we can do to support young people with their mental health concerns, which is why we are fundraising for additional programs to complement what we are already offer through our headspace centres.
We are excited to have launched our mental health fundraising campaign, which commenced with an in-store campaign at Whites IGA stores on the Sunshine Coast (Baringa / Mooloolah Valley / Mount Coolum / Peregian Beach / Forest Glen and Bli Bli) in April 2023, and has been supported by our friends at 92.7 MixFM.
Driven by the compassion and support of our community, Youturn’s vision is to fundraise to expand our mental health programs to compliment those we already offer and meet increased demand for youth mental health services on the Sunshine Coast.
As a result of the incredible support received so far, Youturn have established the YouConnect Hub, a place for young people aged 12-25 to make connections, engage in additional activities, tools and innovative solutions to complement our mental health programs, and link in with support. Programs at the YouConnect Hub are designed in collaboration with young people, and have so far included MusicConnect, ArtConnect and MoveConnect.
“This year, we are seeing a marked rise in anxiety and school disengagement with young people reporting feeling anxious, unsupported, or disconnected at/with school. Unfortunately for many this also means isolation from their social circles resulting in, low moods and motivation, unemployment and further mental health challenges.
For those seeking mental health support, they face long wait times and unavailability in both private and public services, including headspace. I’ve lost count of the number of parents who call the intake team the morning after they have tried to take their teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to the hospital just to be sent home.”
Laura , headspace Maroochydore
If you are experiencing emotional distress and need to talk to someone, please call:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800