Jen Williams, Kade Horen and Stacey Borsboom from Headspace Rockhampton discuss Mental Health Week. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Jen Williams, Kade Horen and Stacey Borsboom from Headspace Rockhampton discuss Mental Health Week. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Headspace helps combat stigma about mental health issues

AT 15, Kade Horen was playing sport and studying hard like any other teenager.

But then things started to get a little difficult.

Going into Year 10, Kade's school workload increased and there was more pressure on him to perform athletically.

"I think it eventually just got very overwhelming and that's when I started to crumble," Kade said.

Instead of talking to someone about the anxiety he felt, Kade battled on.

After about a month, he sought help from his parents, who made appointments with a psychologist.

Eventually, Kade was diagnosed with depression.

In his role with Headspace's Youth Reference Group, Kade now works with other teens in the hope they will feel comfortable seeking help when they need it.

"It took a long time to recover," he said.

"I still to this day have trouble recovering and possibly show signs of anxiety.

"It's always a bit of a battle, but I feel like I'm getting better."

One of his biggest regrets is not asking for help sooner.

"I think people who are my age relate to me a lot more than someone who might be 35," he said.

"I think with my experiences and the way I can interact with the youths in Rockhampton, I feel like I can make a real difference."

 

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

Today: Community Wellness Festival and Walk, Riverbank (across from Custom House) and Denham St Mall, 10am-3pm

Tomorrow: Stakeholder Open Day, MHS Quarry St, 10am-12pm

Friday: Community Forum, Walali Neighbourhood Centre on Cambridge St, 10am-12.30pm



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