Did you know that one in five Australians are affected by mental illness annually? As part of Mental Health Month, we are raising awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing by sharing some tips which have been provided by our headspace team in Liverpool, NSW.  

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to people aged between 12 to 25.  

The Benevolent Society is proud to be the lead organisation of headspace in Liverpool. The team includes a GP, dietician, psychologists, counsellors, drug and alcohol specialists and vocational support specialists who work tirelessly to provide early intervention mental health services for young people in the area. 

Tips on how to boost one’s own mental health

  1. Get Enough Sleep. Sleeping well is good for both your brain and body. With enough sleep you’ll feel energised, have more focus and protect your mental health. 
  2. Eat Well. Eating well can improve mood, energy levels and general health and wellbeing. Fill up on a range of food groups and drink plenty of water to give your body and brain all the power it needs to function well. 
  3. Get into Life. Having activities and setting small goals can give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose, boost your confidence and help connect with others.  
  4. Stay Active. Staying active can help you sleep better, manage stress and boost your mood.  
  5. Connect With Your Community. Spending time with family, friends (including pets) and people in your community and can help strengthen your mental health and wellbeing. 

Additional Support 

If you need or know someone who needs additional support and are aged between 12 and 25, head to the headspace website for more content, links and resources. Headspace also offer a remote service where you can connect with a headspace professional online at https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/ or over the phone at 1800 650 890. 

Support is also available for those 25+ at: 

  • Lifeline - Call 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au 
  • beyondblue - Call 1300 224 636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au 
  • Suicide Call Back Service - Call 1300 659 467 or visit www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au 
  • MensLine Australia - Call 1300 789 978 or visit www.mensline.org.au 
  • QLife - Call 1800 184 527 (3pm – 12am) or visit www.qlife.org.au