“I feel anxious all the time and I don’t know why.”
“I can’t escape my negative thoughts.”
“I feel uncertain for my future”.
These are some of the heartbreaking words of Monash's young people on a video they have written and co-produced with Monash Council, pleading for a headspace facility to be set up in Monash.
The #RaiseYourHand4MonashYouth #Headspace4Monash campaign features Monash youth speaking out about the future young people could have if they receive the mental health support they need, and how the issues young people face impacts on them every day.
Watch the video below:
Monash Council stands with our young people, who are pleading for support and help.
It can take a young person in Monash on average 63 minutes to access a headspace centre, a huge obstacle to them seeking help.
We believe as a community we need to listen to what our young people are telling us and then we need to act, all of us collectively, to help them.
Monash is home to 40,000 people aged between 10-24 years of age, about 22% of the population (Census 2018).
There are 44 primary schools and 24 secondary schools in Monash. It is also home to one of Australia's largest universities, Monash University, and Holmesglen TAFE. Deakin University is nearby in Burwood.
Many of the people at these universities and TAFE are international students without the nearby support of their families. Many are students from regional areas, away from home for the first time.
Young people say the top three personal issues they face are education, feeling stress and mental health.
In 2017, the Youth Resilience Survey was conducted in schools across Monash by Resilient Youth Australia with more than 9,300 young people taking part.
The survey revealed:
- 44% do not feel optimistic about their future
- 41% are losing sleep through worry
- 45% are constantly under strain
- 46% do not feel in control of their lives
- 72% text between 10pm and 6am.
Young people are dealing with many challenges affecting their resilience and mental health.
For those needing support and help, it can be difficult to access in Monash.
The nearest headspace facilities are in Knox, Dandenong, Bentleigh and Hawthorn, and it can take a young person on average 63 minutes on public transport to access a centre.
Not everyone has a parent or friend that can drive them. So that distance is a huge barrier to accessing help.
View our fact sheet about Youth Mental Health in Monash (pdf, 656KB).
What can you do to help?
Monash's young people and Council are calling on the community to support the campaign by:
- Liking and sharing the video to get as many people as possible supporting the campaign
- Contacting the people below. Write a letter or email, or pick up the phone and call these people. Tell them why this issue matters to you.
The people who make the decisions:
Julia Banks, Member for Chisholm:
- Office: Level 1, 140 Burwood Highway, Burwood.
- Phone: Office (03) 9808 3188
- Phone: Parliament (02) 6277 7220
- Mail: PO Box 102 Burwood Victoria 3125
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: @JuliaBanksMP Twitter: @juliabanksmp
Greg Hunt, Minister for Health:
- Office: 1/49 Eramosa Road, West Somerville, Victoria.
- Phone: Office (03) 5977 9082
- Phone: Parliament (02) 6277 7220
- Mail: PO Box 647 Somerville, VIC, 3912
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: @greg.hunt.mp Twitter: @ GregHuntMP
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister:
- Mail: Suite 102, Level 1, 30 The Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230
- Phone: Office (02) 9523 0339
- Phone: Parliament (02) 6277 7700
- Email: https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
- Facebook: @scottmorrison4cook Twitter: @ScottMorrisonMP
Join our campaign and #RaiseYourHand4MonashYouth.