Headspace is an Australian foundation that provides mental health services for young Aussies, along with promoting mental wellbeing for youths. In an Australian first, headspace Adelaide have announced the launch of a new podcast series, headspace Sessions.
The youth-focused podcast aims to start conversations and spark positive change regarding the mental health of young Australians. The podcast will be curated, edited and presented fortnightly by a passionate group of volunteers. The episodes will explore a range of topical content and deliver practical advice, as well as feature a variety of special guests and experts.
19 year-old headspace Sessions co-host Maiah Stewardson says “I’ve had a longstanding passion about facilitating discussions around mental health.” Having personally struggled with her own mental health, Maiah expresses gratitude to the people around her “who encouraged me to talk through my problems and celebrate my victories.” However, Maiah acknowledges that not everyone has this support; this is where the podcast comes in. “I’m hoping that headspace sessions will help other young people realise that they can access regular support online,” she says. “They are not alone.”
Headspace Adelaide Youth and Community Engagement Leader Shane Hough similarly believes the podcasts will allow young people to engage online in a safe and positive way. “Not everyone is able to access appointments, and the fact is that so many young people are accessing information online. The podcast is made by young people, for young people, and we are confident that this resource will really support the community, inspire conversation and create a community of its own,” says Shane.
The launch of the podcast coincides with headspace Adelaide’s second anniversary. The centre has helped hundreds of South Australians, and headspace Sessions addresses the increasing demand for support services.
The podcast will provide young Australians with valuable resources for their mental health, while also creating opportunities for young people who wish to get involved in the media and communications industry. 20 year-old headspace Sessions writer Lucas Binns is enthusiastic about the potential of the podcast, stating, “I am excited to see what we can achieve as I know how important it is to create relatable content that young people can connect with.”
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