9 January 2008

Headspace at UC

| Skidbladnir
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According to the ABC Online, the University of Canberra is to receive $945,000 in funding for setting up an ACT mental health centre, referral and advocacy network primarily for 12-25 year olds. Catching them while they’re young and impressionable so they don’t become unmanageable and alienated adults, and all that.

From what I can find, the program will be a referral and information service for the ACT and surrounding region, linking schools, GPs, drug care and family assistance providers, with a major focus on transitioning between childhood-adolescence and adolescence-adulthood.

Background on Headspace from the Medical Journal of Australia, but reads like a peer-reviewed press release.

Scroll down to the “Author details” section at bottom, and discover that our longtime departed Chief Minister Ms Kate Carnell had a hand in this.

Headspace ACT’s information page, but its still effectively blank at this stage, with not so much as a media release to cover their nakedness.

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‘what’s an emo?’

an emu startled, isn’t it?

Holden Caulfield9:15 pm 10 Jan 08

What are they pumping into the aircon over your end of town, that mental health topics end up discussing cameltoes and genitals?

Well, it got you to ask a question about their mental health, did it not?

what’s an emo?

I think it’s a good idea, but what is just as important is education and support for family members, friends, team leader/managers at work and teachers in school. There can be a lot of denial or lack of physical/mental/emotional energy particularly during the initial stages of clinical depression. This I believe could be an issue with people seeking help themselves. I believe there is still such a stigma around the whole topic, and an expectation to “snap out of it” due to lack of understanding (and of course there is a lack of understanding – unless you’ve been through it, how could you fully understand, and that’s the case with any illness or injury), but empathy should still be there and that’s what’s missing.

I’m not sure what it is Skids, but I wish they’d pump more of it as I’m feeling quite sober.

This thread sure went off-topic in a hurry.
What are they pumping into the aircon over your end of town, that mental health topics end up discussing cameltoes and genitals?

“Brian Connelly of the Sweet, the forefather of the male camel toe, died a few years ago”

Was it from gangrene of the testes and scrotum?

I need a couple of Emos to come around and teach my lawn to cut itself.

“No sane bloke would crush their testes up in skin tight jeans emo stylee.”

Well, plenty of rock stars did it in the 1970s, so it must be okay! 🙂

Surely being an emo would disqualify you from all govt benfits.

Surely being an Emo has finally been recognised as a legitimate psychiatric illness?

No sane bloke would crush their testes up in skin tight jeans emo stylee.

I got to put a whole 5 minutes into formatting that one, but it didn’t work out.
But more mental health services and prevention for people who need them can’t be a bad thing, even if it does occasionally get the odd emo drop in\fly by, chances are that running into the people needing actual services can put some perspective into the little bastards.

neanderthalsis9:24 am 09 Jan 08

Sounds suspiciously like a drop in centre for Emos.

Good idea though, identify and treat psychological illness in the earlier stages of adulthood. Hopefully, the headspaces they are funding around the country will have a positive impact on the extraodinarily high suicide rates for teenage and early 20’s males.

Argh, another one of the mysterious-no-spaces-between sentences articles. 😐
I blame solar cycle 24.

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