Kay Wright from Bundaberg is now a member of the headspace National Youth Reference Group, representing the voice of young people.
When opportunity knocks, Kay does not sit idle.
headspace Bundaberg centre manager Dean Hyland said Kay Wright was well deserving of her place within the youth mental health foundation and he believes her new role reflects her commitment, passion and energy.
“Kay always brings her passion to the table, and as a youth-led service, we need that,” Mr Hyland said.
“Young people truly are the voice behind headspace and when they bring their energy and ideas forward, we can in turn provide the best support for all young people in Bundaberg and around Australia.”
As a hY NRG member, Miss Wright aims to encourage more young people to listen to themselves when they know something is wrong and to seek help.
She also hopes to use this opportunity to learn even more about youth mental health and grow with the other members of the group.
“I am passionate about breaking down the stigma of mental ill health and ensuring every young person knows they are not alone, especially when it feels like they are,” Miss Wright said.
“When I was growing up, I experienced being bullied and suffered severe anxiety. It wasn’t until I started volunteering with headspace Bundaberg where I started to gain confidence and realise I could be a voice and help others.
“The opportunity to sit with another 21 young people is amazing, I am so excited for what we can achieve. I love how headspace truly listens to what matters most.”
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Young people around Australia are chosen to sit as hY NRG members for an 18-month period.
Miss Wright was successful in gaining a position to represent alongside 20 other young people, from more than 140 applicants.
Young people from all walks of life and varying lived experiences are chosen to represent headspace on the national committee, so that the voice of young people advise and influence the best service for all youth.
If you are aged between 12 and 25 and you have the desire to influence youth mental health support in Bundaberg while gaining valuable skills and having fun, and potentially on a national scale, please get in touch.
headspace Bundaberg welcome new members to join the Youth Engagement Committee.
Get in touch on 4152 3931.