As young people across Australia celebrate the end of their schooling, headspace has prepared some advice and tips for them, and their parents, to make sure loved ones stay safe and enjoy the Schoolies period.
Don’t leave your friends on their own.
Help your friends stay away from risky situations.
For each celebration (day or night) nominate someone who hasn’t used alcohol or drugs to stay sober.
Arrange a meeting point so if you do get separated from your friends, you know where to go.
If you choose to use drugs, tell your friends what you have taken and how much. This makes it easier for the ambulance officers to help if you get into trouble.
For interested media, headspace Senior Clinical Advisor, Simon Dodd, is available for comment about promoting and protecting young people’s mental health and wellbeing during Schoolies. Clinicians in many headspace centres across the country are also available for local comment, including in those regions (listed below) where many young people come together to party and spend time with their mates.
• Queensland: Maroochydore, Southport and Mackay
• New South Wales: Bondi Junction, Lismore and Wollongong
• Western Australia: Bunbury and Fremantle
• South Australia: Onkaparinga and Adelaide
• Tasmania: Hobart
• Victoria: Frankston, Warnambool and Geelong
For further information, or to arrange an interview with Simon Dodd or one of the headspace centres, contact:
Annie Waterworth, headspace Media and Communications Coordinator on (03) 9027 0127 or firstname.lastname@example.org