Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation has launched headcoach, a new national campaign for young men.
They've brought some of the country's most elite athletes together to share tips and advice from their own experience, highlighting the importance to young men of training their bodies and their minds.
Headspace Shepparton Youth Reference Group member Joby said headcoach is an extremely important campaign to help young men.
“It is so important that young men know there are things they can do to support their mental health,” he said.
“The headcoach campaign is about giving young men the practical skills and knowledge they need to be more proactive in supporting their mental health.”
Caroline French headspace Shepparton’s General Manager said it is crucial that all young men feel safe and confident to seek the help they need.
“We hope the headcoach campaign will empower all young men to feel as confident to talk about their mental health and wellbeing as they are their physical health,” she said.
Young men can have a rough time maintaining their mental health due to = traditional gender role stereotypes, inability to identify early warning signs and a reluctance to let anyone know if they are struggling.
Statistics show that one in seven young men aged between 16-28 experience depression or anxiety each year with just 13% seeking help for it
Suicide is the leading cause of death for young men in Australia.
If you or a young man you know is struggling, they can seek assistance at headspace through face-to-face, online and telephone services.
You can find the seven tips to maintaining a healthy headspace at www.headspace.org.au/headcoach