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How young people in Newcastle are helping support others’ mental health

Blacksmiths’ Emily Gain, 20, says she is “really open” about her mental illness.  “I want to be an amazing psychologist one day and so you’ve got to practice what you preach,” she said.

“If I’m not open, how can I expect other people to be open to me?

“It’s happened, and it’s the path I’m on at the moment.”

Living with depression and anxiety, related to a traumatic incident that occurred three years ago, Emily says her experience of mental illness has informed some of the biggest decisions in her adult life.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces $52m extra funding for Headspace

One in four young Australians has a mental health issue — something Prime Minister Scott Morrison said needed to be addressed in pledging an extra $52 million to the organisation at an announcement in the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg on Sunday.

“I’m pretty pumped up about it because this is going to make a big difference in young people’s lives,” Mr Morrison said.

“Headspace isn’t just about getting counselling services — it’s everything from helping young people getting a job, to supporting their physical activity, to improving their relationships, it’s dealing with the whole person.  Read the article>

Major report finds housing, education and rural transport are failing youth in 2018

Bullying, conflict and homelessness are wreaking havoc in the lives of disadvantaged children, according to a report by the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People.  Advocate Andrew Johnson surveyed almost 3,000 people aged under the age 25 about their struggles with education, employment, housing, and family violence.

The major report includes perspectives from more than 2,000 rural children and young people, who also identified poor transport as a significant problem.

Mr Johnson said disadvantaged youth deserved a louder voice in shaping policy, and many young people had offered ideas for positive solutions.

“Children and young people have something valuable to say about what would improve their own lives,” he said.  Read the Article>

Indigenous Business Australia-Futures Forum

IBA officially launched the Futures Forum initiative. Applications are now open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between the age of 18 to 30 across Australia to help re-shape the future business.

Ability Links Community Development Resource Package

The Ability Links Community Development Resource Package celebrates the success of ALNSW’s community development projects and shares learnings to support other organisations to increase inclusion in their local community.


The Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee present an evening of acoustic music for local young people. Supported by an Indent Grant, CYEC are presenting a show-case of young musos performing acoustic music at the Cessnock Youth Centre (CYCOS) on 16 November 2018. This event is Drug and Alcohol free. Entry is by gold-coin donation.