headcoach campaign - Minds need training too.

Good mental health is just as important as good physical health when it comes to wellbeing, which is why it is important for young men to know that minds need training too.

Our new headcoach campaign provides young men with information, tips and advice from high profile athletes across different sporting codes about how to actively manage their mental health and wellbeing. To check out the clips, click here for mental health tips from high-profile Australian athletes, who share their mental health experiences and provide tips on how they actively take care of their mental health and wellbeing, inlcuding:

  • Daniel Arzani (Soccer/Football)
  • James Tedesco (NRL)
  • Usman Khawaja (Cricket)
  • Kurtley Beale (Rugby Union)
  • Dale Thomas (AFL)
  • Brandon Defina (Esports)
  • Tom Boyd (AFL)

Young men experience some of the most serious mental health issues of any group in Australia. One in seven young men aged 16 to 24 experience depression or anxiety each year. Young men are significantly less likely than young women to seek support – only 13 per cent of young men who experience a mental health issue seek help. headspace figures support these statistics, with just 38 per cent of young people who seek help at a headspace centre identifying as male.

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Many young men don’t know where to start, so headspace has identified seven tips to build and maintain your mental health as part of your everyday:

  • Staying connected and spending time with family and friends
  • Staying active
  • Doing things that are fun or give you a sense of purpose
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Enjoying a healthy diet
  • Learning new ways to handle tough times (meditation, listening to music)
  • Cutting back on alcohol and other drugs

If you are looking for some extra help, visit eheadspace.org.au to chat to someone online, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.