This year’s Wear it Purple theme is “Celebrate”.
In the lead up to the WIP Day, we are highlighting those in the rainbow community who provide happiness, demonstrate the diversity, help bring together the community, work to raise awareness and ensure there are good times for the rainbow community.
One such organisation is headspace.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing.
We will let Caitlin, the Community Engagement Coordinator for headspace Liverpool, tell you more about how they raise awareness of mental health.
Caitlin, when did you start with the organisation
I started in September 2014
Describe the work you’re doing to raise awareness
At the beginning of this year with the support of a number of other local services and council we established a social inclusion group named PRISM for people between the ages of 16 and 25 who identify as LGBTIQA+. I can’t really take any credit for this as it was set up by Nadine (who is currently on maternity leave).
Why do you/your organisation look to help LGBTIQ youth?
There is a real service gap for LGBTIQA+ support in the Liverpool and Fairfield areas. At headspace we get a relatively high number of young people coming through our service who identify which led to us wanting to provide more support and a safe place for them to hang out and meet new people.
I think it’s really important to provide education and support to young people with the skills and resilience they need not only to cope with the stressors and challenges of being an adolescent.
How are they working to improve the visibility?
We’ve been very fortunate in that we’ve had great support from Liverpool City Council, local media, schools and other organisations who have all been fantastic in promoting PRISM
How can you make trends?
Social media is a pretty great platform for making trends.
What kind of work has been done in the field of raising awareness?
Headspace Liverpool is involved in a lot of interagency networks and school wellbeing networks where we regularly discuss how our organisations can support LGBTIQA+ young people. There is also a training session being held in Liverpool during the week of Wear it Purple on LGBTIQA+ inclusive practice.
no matter what’s going on in the world, headspace is and always will be a safe space for anyone going through a tough time. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/TshUEqopmz
— headspace (@headspace_aus) July 27, 2017
What can be done better?
I think perhaps offering more social inclusion for the younger cohort (12-15 year olds). Recently we’ve been contacted by a number of schools about support for students in years 7 – 10 so unfortunately that’s still a service gap in the Liverpool and Fairfield LGA’s at the moment and definitely something to work on in the future.
How can people help or get involved?
Just give us a call and ask! Or jump on our social media pages and share our posts.