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Ditching impossible expectations this headspace day

headspace Port Macquarie is encouraging young people to shake off the unrealistic expectations that impact their mental health this headspace Day.

Ditching Impossible Expectations on headspace Day

headspace Day on October 4th is an annual National Day of Awareness that focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and the ways their family and friends can support them. This day aims to remind us all, about the importance of keeping a healthy headspace and to highlight how we can all take a break, connect, and come together as a community to promote mental health.

The year’s focus is all about ‘Ditching Impossible Expectations’ placed on young people to better equip them for life’s ups and downs. We are uniting to breakdown the stigmas, debunk societal expectations and promote positive mental health. This theme encourages young people to celebrate who they are and how far they come through the many adversities they have experienced in recent times.

What can you expect?

To commemorate this day, headspace Port Macquarie will be opening its centre doors at 12 Short Street to welcome in the community for a free lunchtime BBQ. The team will be offering fun school holidays activities, giveaways, and cake to top it all off. The opportunity for creativity will be on the cards with local artist Brad Collins dropping by to provide a mural art workshop. The centre’s resident ArtSpace room will also be open for some crafty fun focusing on making take home keepsakes.

Headspace Port Macquarie Community Engagement Officer Emily Lawson says this is an important date for in the community but particularly young people and those with young people in their lives.

“In the past number of years, events where young people can connect, have fun and relax have been limited due to COVID and a host of natural disasters in our region," she said. "This event will allow our community to come together and connect with each other in a positive and creative way.”

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said many young people in Australia have experienced a number of challenges over the past couple of years, including COVID-19, lockdowns and natural disaster. Connection and inclusion are all parts of headspace’s strategic plan to support the growth and wellbeing of young people.

This plan also focuses on supporting young people to be mentally healthy and engaged in their communities, “as the immediate past has shown, the future can lack predictability and the increasing uncertainty can weigh down on us all.”

headspace Open Day welcomes everyone to drop by the headspace Port Macquarie office at 12 Short Street from 12pm to get involved with activities that support your health and wellbeing.


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