headspace Murray Bridge recognises the huge importance of social connection and inclusion for young people in the Murraylands region. The headspace Murray Bridge Group Fitness program has been running all year and is designed to encourage young people who are not involved in local sporting clubs to participate in an exercise program in a fun and supportive team environment.
As a result of attending regular groups several participants started engaging with headspace clinical services and two group members joined the Youth Reference Group.
However, headspace Murray Bridge recognises that exercise is not everyone’s choice of activity and have now implemented the Hang Out Space.
The Hang Out Space is run weekly on a Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm during term time. Young people are invited to come hang out for a short time or for the whole two hours.
What does the Hang Out Space look like? See the photo: loads of comfy couches with board games, food, music, computers, dogs and more. Yes you read right, each Tuesday Anna the Delta Dog visits headspace Murray Bridge for the sole purpose of pats and cuddles, how cool!
Andrew said the new Hang Out Space is a safe place to have conversations and meet new people. He believes the Hang Out Space is needed so people who don’t have many friends can make new ones and socialise with people.
They can also talk to anyone there about anything and won’t be judged.
The Hang Out Space is a really great addition to a clinical package, it is a social inclusion mechanism: a way of interacting and having a safe space that isn’t necessarily about young people talking but just being happy and having fun – even for an hour, or two.
Social inclusion is pivotal to wellbeing. There is a very strong correlation between relationships, social connectedness and wellbeing, so providing these opportunities, as well as clinical support, is important to a holistic approach.
Steven said the Hang Out space is ‘good for people suffering from anxiety and depression for them to get out of their comfort zone and meet new people… it’s something fun to do’.
You can find out more about what headspace Murray Bridge has to offer by calling the centre on 8531 2122 or by liking the ‘headspace Murray Bridge’ Facebook page.