Disco groove puts the blues in spotlight

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council, headspace Warwick, SDRC Young Ambassadors and Young Delegates and DJ Modify, aka Nic Dromgold, have joined forces to organise a disco in aid of awareness for youth depression.

SDRC youth development officer Hailey Cosh said this exciting event would be held in the Warwick Town Hall on Friday from 7pm-10pm, for young people aged 13-17 years.

Ms Cosh said the disco organisers were keen to promote the youth program called Evolution which encouraged young people to watch out for their mates and knowing where to get help.

"One of headspace's key messages is 'We've got your back', and on the night the headspace pop up lounge and chill out area will give young people an opportunity to talk to professionals and find out information," Ms Cosh said.

"The YA's and YD's and headspace Warwick are passionate about early detection and spreading awareness about depression to the youth of our region."

YA Sophie Williams said it was a really serious issue that people didn't want to address because they didn't truly understand what depression was, they then might ignore it and think it was just part of growing up.

Youth Beyond Blue promotes the following four steps for young people if they think they themselves, or someone they know, may have depression or anxiety:

  •  Look for the signs of depression and anxiety
  •  Listen to your friends' experiences
  •  Talk about what's going on
  •  Seek help together.

This drug and alcohol free event supports the health and wellbeing issues raised in the SDRC Youth Action Plan 2013/ 2014, and raises youth awareness of mental health.

For more information contact Ms Cosh on 1300 697 372 or headspace Warwick on 4661 1999.

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