Broken Hill headspace Celebrates Milestone with Key Local Youth Week Initiative

Thu Apr 12, 2018

headspace Broken Hill is using a touch of Hollywood to celebrate Youth Week, and mark the milestone of assisting 100 young people since starting operations in August last year.

Flourish Australia, the lead agency running headspace Broken Hill, has organised a free movie night for young people in the district, regardless of whether they live with mental health issues.

With a range of activities and prizes up for grabs, the evening will be an opportunity to share basic information about youth mental health wellbeing and what young people can do if they think they or their friends might be having mental health issues.

Participants of the local headspace Youth Reference Group are also behind the evening.

“It’s important to find ways to encourage young people to mix in a safe and relaxed atmosphere where they can feel free to listen and talk without being judged,” headspace Broken Hill Community Engagement Officer Tahlia Kerin said.

“Sometimes even the most basic titbits about mental wellbeing can be life-changers.

“That pointer about where and how to get help if you’re feeling unwell or out of sorts can open up so many avenues of help and recovery.

“Someone not experiencing mental health issues might pick up key information that could steer a relative or friend having problems towards a recovery journey.

“One in four people will live with a mental health issue at some stage in their lives, and most people will experience a positive recovery journey if they get the right help.”

headspace Broken Hill Manager Rynnette Gentle said the movie night was a fitting way to celebrate the centres achievements.

“It’s a rewarding to know that we’ve had a direct impact on 100 young local people since opening late last year,” Rynnette said.

“That’s 100 young people with mental health issues who might otherwise have suffered in silence or turned to drugs or crime or fallen through the cracks in so many other ways.

“Helping just one person can also change the lives of people across the community, especially that person’s loved ones.

“We want the community to know that our doors are open to all young people. This is a safe, discreet and relaxed environment where young people can get or be referred to help if they are experiencing mental health issues.”

The movie night will be held on Friday 13 April, from 5.30pm-9.00pm at Broken Hill headspace (231 Blende St). For planning purposes, Flourish Australia has asked if young people could register ahead of attending the evening by contacting the local office on 02 9393 9699, or at 231  Blende Street.

Young people who are concerned about their mental health – or the mental health of their families and friends – can drop in to the centre, call 02 9393 9699 or email

headspace Broken Hill is a free and confidential service where young people between the ages of 12 and 25 can access friendly youth mental health professionals. headspace Broken Hill offers a range of services for young people who are experiencing a tough time or are worried about their mental health. It provides access to services such as counselling, employment and training, further educational support, alcohol and drug support and general health.

The consortium members and organisation bringing skills and experience are:

  • Flourish Australia (lead agency)
  • LifeLine Broken Hill
  • Far West Local Health District
  • Neami National
  • Mission Australia
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Maari Ma
  • Nachiappan Medical Centre
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Joblink Plus
  • ACON and other services also provide assistance and support.

Flourish Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for about 5,000 people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for 60 years.

Media enquiries
Matthew Watson - 0417 691 884
Rynette Gentle - 0418 662 866