Monash youth stamp their hands to support fight for headspace

 25 September 2018

Headspace three girls

Monash young people have created a unique banner featuring their handprints to symbolise the many young people in Monash reaching out for help and support for the mental health issues they are facing.

About 40 people painted their hands and stamped their handprint on the banner at the official launch of the RaiseYourHand4MonashYouth campaign.

The banner has been hung on the liftwell in the Monash Civic Centre foyer.

Mayor Paul Klisaris said the campaign launch of the video and the banner stamping event was a highlight of his mayoral year.

“It was an amazing night with a group of unbelievably brave, inspiring young people,” Cr Klisaris said.

“It was an honour to be there with them, to stamp my handprint alongside theirs and to witness their determination to tell the struggles of young people in our community and why a headspace youth mental health facility is so important,” Cr Klisaris said.

“I want to thank the Monash community for getting behind this campaign, for voting so overhelmingly in a newspaper poll to support this fight and for sharing and liking our poignant and powerful video.

“Please keep up your support. Send a message to those who make the decisions that this campaign is vital to the health and well being of our precious young people. I believe that our combined voices will reach them, and will make a difference.”

Watch the video here:

Monash has more than 40,000 people aged between 10-24 years, and is home to Monash University, Holmesglen TAFE, 44 primary and 24 secondary schools.
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. That distance is a huge barrier to accessing 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
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
Facebook: 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
Facebook: @scottmorrison4cook Twitter @ScottMorrisonMP

Contact: Jo Robertson 0418 391 979 or email


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