Headspace’s growing demand matched by generous donations

HERE TO TALK: Learne Spicer and Sharon Beuzeville donate the proceeds from a fundraiser featuring Angry Anderson and Swanee to Verity Morris and Alison Logan.

HERE TO TALK: Learne Spicer and Sharon Beuzeville donate the proceeds from a fundraiser featuring Angry Anderson and Swanee to Verity Morris and Alison Logan.

There’s between 40 and 50 new people seeking help from headspace Orange every month.

The mental health service aims to help people aged from 12 to 25 and is designed to be a safe space for people to talk about personal issues.

The increasing demand means more resources are needed but the community has already stepped up to help out.

On Monday, headspace Orange received a donation of $3670 raised during an evening with legendary musicians Angry Anderson and Swanee.

The organisation’s program manager Alison Logan said the money would be put to good use.

“It goes to increasing services that we provide the youth of Orange, building our capability for early intervention,” Mrs Logan said.

For Sharon Beuzeville, the motivation to organise the fundraising event came from her son’s suicide in 2013.

“It’s just to support anyone that needs somebody,” Mrs Beuzeville said.

“Quite often kids don’t come to their parents. Headspace is somebody else that’s disconnected from the situation.

Fellow organiser Learne Spicer said the event was 18 months in the making.

“The community got behind the event with donations and promotion, which helped reach more people.”

Mrs Logan argued the help given by headspace is becoming more vital as mental health issues become more commonplace.

“Mental health is the main cause of illness for this age group,” she said.

“It impacts on school and work. It has the biggest impact of any illness.”

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