Headspace and Campbell Page Partnering to Help Young People with Mental Illness

Partnering with Headspace

Campbell Page and Headspace have been partnering together for over 12 months. The aim of the partnership is to ensure that young people in local communities are supported not only into employment but through any mental health issues they may be facing.

Campbell Page delivers an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program principled approach with Headspace from their Craigieburn office in Victoria and their Port Adelaide Office in South Australia. By working out of the same office as Headspace in these areas, we are able to work collaboratively, share ideas, and importantly, provide a better overall service to young people.

We know that employment can be a key factor in helping someone manage their mental health, so partnering with Headspace was the natural choice. – Kylie Davies-Culloden, Community Partnerships Manager

Together, Campbell Page and Headspace are providing guidance to young people to help them build their confidence and eventually find a job and keep it.  This partnership is beneficial to young people because they gain access to support to assist them into employment, which can have a positive impact on their mental health.  Additionally, this partnership provides increased access and opportunity to isolated young people to engage with service professionals.

It gives young people in our community another support option. We want to see them achieve their goals, so we help them develop their confidence, self-esteem and strong sense of worth.

Recently Campbell Page commenced a partnership with the Headspace Digital Work Study Team, to refer eligible young people from Campbell Page to receive additional pre-vocational and post-employment support from Headspace. The Digital Work and Study Program will be piloted in the Peninsula in Victoria and in Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla in New South Wales.

Tim’s Story

 Tim (name changed) was assisted into work through the IPS Program principled approach and supported by the Campbell Page and Headspace partnership.

Tim first became a Campbell Page customer in 2015. After being diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Tim began working with counsellors at Headspace, where he learnt skills and techniques to help him manage his mental health proactively on a day-to-day basis. This then assisted him gain the confidence he needed to start his job search.

With the support and guidance from both Campbell Page and Headspace, we all began to see the difference in Tim. He was much more positive and genuinely interested in finding a job. – Ginetta Mammarella, Employer Partnership Advocate

Together, both organisations worked on helping Tim recognise his strengths, skills and experience that workplaces find extremely valuable, particularly the experience he had working for a family run business and working at Myer.

They wanted to see me reach my goals, so they did everything in their power to not only build me up, but coach me every step of the way. – Tim

After over 12 months, Tim completed a Barista course funded by Campbell Page, his Certificate III in Hospitality with Complex Training, and has completed work placement at Mercure Hotels. His placement with Mercure Hotels came with positive feedback from both Tim and Mercure and has resulted in the opportunity for Tim to start working with them on a permanent basis.

If I didn’t have the support from Headspace and Campbell Page, I honestly don’t think I would have come this far without their help.

Tripod Tribe

The Campbell Page and Headspace partnership in Craigieburn, Victoria lead to Tripod Tribe also being run out of this office. Tripod Tribe is Campbell page funded program that is run by Driven Outcomes. It was delivered in Craigieburn for young people within the local community who were at school and could benefit from learning how to set goals, be innovative and believe that anything is possible.

The program promotes entrepreneurial skills and attributes, and really encourages the participants to think outside the box in regards to what their future may look like and what they can achieve.

Two schools and two IPS customers participated in Tripod Tribe, which has seen pleasing results since it launched, including 100% of participants agreeing that they now feel more confident in gaining employment since starting the program.

Several participants mentioned that they loved the program and that they felt more confident in critical thinking, problem solving and especially relationship building. – Kylie

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ well-being. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  To find information and services for young people, their families and friends as well as health professionals please visit the Headspace website.

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives through securing long-term employment. Please click here to find out more about the services we offer and who we are – additionally you can also click here to contact us directly.

If you or anyone you know is having trouble managing their mental health, please seek help. Lifeline is a 24 hour Crisis Support Organisation who can help. Please visit their website or give them a call on 13 11 14

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Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au

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