10 Oct Why a positive support network is key to battling depression
We write about mental health regularly here on the Uniting blog.
World Mental Health Day is an important opportunity to check in with those around you. This year, Australian campaigners are calling for us to help shed a more positive light on mental health, while the international World Health Organisation’s theme is ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’.
Research shows that having a positive support network is one of the most important factors that allows young people to thrive.
Our Uniting youth services have a strong emphasis on building resilience. We take a holistic approach so that a young person’s whole being is considered, including their mental health.
Here are some stories of hope from young people in our services who have overcome enormous challenges in order to thrive.
Leticia was introduced to Uniting after entering the foster care system as a child. After leaving care at age 18, she was supported by the Uniting Aftercare program to transition into independent adult life. Leticia was so inspired by the support she received that she went on to study to become a caseworker, which eventually resulted in her joining the Uniting team.
Tamara got involved in the Uniting Doorways program – a service for young people aged 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The program offers case management, accommodation services and referrals, including mental health support.
Without a driver’s licence or anyone to teach her to drive, Tamara was feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and missing out on opportunities in life. From Doorways, she was referred to the 120 Countdown program where our volunteer driving instructors Jack and Alex helped her achieve the 120 learner driver hours required to get her Ps.
Adam and Jamie’s story
Our Dubbo youth worker, Adam, has previously shared his story here on the Uniting blog. Adam, Jamie and their team provide therapeutic treatment through a cultural lens as they work with Aboriginal young people who have experienced trauma and are dealing with the resulting mental health issues.
These stories are just a handful of the many inspiring young people we are lucky to work with at Uniting. Do you know a young person whose resilience inspires you? Tell us in the comments below.
Read six tips to look after your mental health this world Mental Health Day.
Prolonged and severe periods poor mental health can be detrimental to overall health and wellbeing. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety or depression, consult your GP for information on appropriate support options, such as counselling.