Murray Bridge headspace to celebrate 10th anniversary

For the past decade headspace Murray Bridge has been providing a safe and welcoming space for young people and their families at the iconic local railway station in the Murraylands community.

Congratulations: Jess and Holly are getting ready to celebrate headspace's 10th anniversary.

Congratulations: Jess and Holly are getting ready to celebrate headspace's 10th anniversary.

Since then this headspace centre has fast become a one-stop-shop and gateway for youth services in the local and surrounding regions.

To celebrate this milestone, headspace Murray Bridge will be hosting a 10th birthday event on Wednesday June 13, at The Station in Murray Bridge.

There will be interactive stalls, guest speaker and former AFL player Heath Black, free food and, of course, birthday cake!

The event will be followed by a Youth Forum on how to make the Murraylands a great place to live for young people.

During a recent discussion with one of the Centre’s Youth Reference Group members they said: “your centre has amazing staff and there is a lot of opportunity for everyone here for self-growth and socialisation, for learning about self and others.

Young people are able to build confidence, achieve a bit of self-discipline and a lot of self-love.”

headspace Murray Bridge was envisioned and created by a network of over 20 local youth related services with the vision of improving health and wellbeing issues of young people and families in the local community.

Now one of 102 centres across Australia, headspace Murray Bridge has welcomed over 4200 young people since inception.

The centre has partnered with many schools in the Murraylands Region and beyond. 

Between 2013 and 2015 headspace Murray Bridge successfully developed and championed a family inclusive practice model for the national headspace network, followed by a national roll-out and application of this model across many headspace centres in Australia.

Clinical partnerships with headspace Murray Bridge have now extended into the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu regions through dedicated complex care funding via Country SA PHN. Outreach services providing youth complex care in the Adelaide Hills, Strathalbyn and Victor Harbor have been formalised in 2017 with services now being provided in those regions via headspace Murray Bridge.

The headspace Murray Bridge Youth Reference Group is involved in all community engagement and group program activities.

At headspace day in 2016 they launched their highly acclaimed short film ‘Let’s Talk’ to address the topic of depression in young men and to encourage their help seeking.

This centre has facilitated high profile community engagement events over the years, including health and wellbeing expos and youth art exhibitions. headspace Murray Bridge staff hosted the Sammy D and Carly Ryan Foundations to huge crowds and facilitated numerous group programs for young people to increase their wellbeing while connecting with their peers and the local community. Activities have included kayaking, yoga and mindfulness, drumming, sport fencing, group fitness, boxing, life skills and ‘cooking up a storm’.

Operations manager Frauke Hobbs said staff and supporters are proud to celebrate this significant achievement and keen to share this special day with the local community.

Come along and help us celebrate 10 years of headspace Murray Bridge on Wednesday, June 13, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

For more information phone 8531 2122 or drop into 3-5 Railway Terrace, Murray Bridge.

Holly van Vliet

Community

engagement officer