The journey to positive mental health is not a journey we should walk alone.
I have been working with disadvantaged young people for more than 40 years and each person I work with has their own unique story and journey to share.
I encourage them to connect with trusted family and friends to share their journey towards better mental health and I am asking you to do the same.
Mental health issues affect everyone.
Whether or not you yourself are experiencing mental illness there is always someone around you who is.
As a community we need to look out for each other and that begins with talking.
From my experience dealing with mental health I know starting a conversation can be
the biggest turning point for vulnerable young people.
At Youth Off The Streets we have dedicated youth and case workers who assist young people on a daily basis.
The unfortunate truth is 14 per cent of Australian young people aged 4 to 17 have mental health or behavioural problems and it is imperative for us to step in and support our vulnerable kids at this time of crucial growth.
Taking the time to discuss these issues, how they are affecting you and how you are overcoming them can set the path for not only your growth but for others to follow in the journey of self-care.
This World Mental Health Day, I urge you to support each other and in particular support our young people in starting conversations.
Please visit www.1010.org.au/ for more information.
Father Chris Riley, Youth Off The Streets CEO and founder