Caring for carers: headspace Mandurah available to help

Helping hand: There are services at headspace Mandurah to support parents, carers, and families. Photo: Supplied.

Helping hand: There are services at headspace Mandurah to support parents, carers, and families. Photo: Supplied.

In Australia one in four young people aged 12 to 25 experience a mental health issue every year.

A big issue we see at headspace Mandurah is the impact this can have on the family and support networks of this individual.

On Monday, August 5, headspace Mandurah and Communicare delivered a workshop for families on understanding anxiety and depression in young people.

This workshop helped parents and carers understand what it's like to be a teenager today and the particular challenges facing a teenager with mental health concerns.

But how do you know if you should be worried about a young person in your life?

The biggest sign to watch out for are changes in their behaviour and mood, particularly if they seem down, distant or not interested in their normal activities.

If you have noticed changes, don't panic - there are simple steps you can take to help. The most important thing is to speak with them and let them know why you are concerned. Take the time to listen to them and avoid telling them to 'calm down' or 'don't worry about it'.

Reassure the young person they are not alone, and you want to help them. Encourage them to seek help and make time for self-care and support them to find what works best for them.

Sometimes people may not be ready to talk, and this is when it is important to be patient. Let them know if they do want to talk then you're willing to listen, and check in on them regularly.

Throughout this process, keep an eye on how you're coping too. Caring for someone else can be hard work, but you're not alone.

There are services at headspace Mandurah to support parents, carers, and families.

Contact headspace Mandurah on 9544 5900 or hello@headspaceman.com.au.

Annabeth Bateman is the headspace community awareness officer.