Are you aged between 16-24?

Headspace is providing young people with the opportunity to be heard and be active around youth mental health, alcohol, and other drug issues.

By getting involved and volunteering with the headspace Indooroopilly Youth Reference Group (YRG) you will:
- Have the opportunity to have your say and direct youth mental health services in your local area
- Develop new skills
- Meet and work with other young people who are passionate about youth mental health

The group is also keen to: hear the voices of Indigenous young people, young people
from different cultural backgrounds, young people from rural and remote areas, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, and young people who have experience with homelessness.
Please read the YRG role description:

Member Qualities
As a group:
· All members must be aged between 16 and 24 years at the age of application
· A mix of ages and gender
· Representation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
· Representation from different cultural and language backgrounds
· A broad range of life experience, including same sex attracted young people, experience of homelessness and history of mental health and mental illness

As an individual:
· Young people must be aged between 16 and 24 years at the age of application
· Have an interest and passion in mental health and/or alcohol and other drug issues for young people
· The ability to think about the big picture
· The ability to work in a team and participate in group discussions as well as working independently
· Motivation, willingness and commitment to participate on an ongoing basis
· Young people that have something to say about mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
· Good communication skills
· The ability to balance health (including mental health), other responsibilities like school/work/uni/family and the demands of the YRG position
· All members must have easy and regular access to the internet and phone

Responsibilities
· Participate in meetings on a regular basis
· Be prepared to undertake some training about headspace, mental health, mental illness, talking to the media and other associated topics
· Be open and willing to participate in teleconferences, email and Facebook discussions
· Support local headspace activities
· Some young people may like to become community advocates for youth mental health which will: raise awareness of youth mental health, encourage young people to seek help early and to educate the broader community about youth mental health.
· Young people may be involved in community education activities, or as media spokespeople on the issue of youth mental health and well-being.
· Young people may speak at public functions or at local schools, mental health forums, conferences and the like.
· Complete a wellness plan and actively look after all aspects of your health

Time Commitment
In between face to face meetings and events, contact will be maintained through email, Facebook and teleconferences. It is expected that you maintain regular (at least once/fortnight) contact with the group.

Focus groups around specific topics will be held throughout the year and it is expected that the members will be involved in (at least) two of these a year. These groups may occur through teleconference, face to face, or through email surveys and web based discussion.

Benefits
· Meet other young people passionate about youth mental health and wellbeing
· Receive training in mental health, alcohol and other drugs, media, and relating to your specific interest area
· Develop a range of skills including working in groups, and representing the needs of your peers

Training will be given in the following areas:
· What is headspace
· Mental health
· Talking to the media
· Speaking in public
· Other as related to interested area

Other
Parental (or Guardian) consent will be needed for young people under 18 years of age

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* 1. What is your preferred first name?

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* 2. What is your last name?

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* 3. What pronouns do you use?

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* 4. Date of Birth

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* 5. Current gender identity

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* 6. Do you identify as LGBTQIA+?

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* 7. Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

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* 8. What country were you born in?

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* 9. What language/s do you speak at home?

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* 10. Mobile number

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* 11. Email address

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* 12. Home address

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* 13. Please tell us a bit about yourself? (eg. I am 16 years old, in year 11, and like skateboarding etc).

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* 14. In just a few words,  please tell us why are you interested in becoming a Youth Reference Group volunteer?

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* 15. Are you happy to support core staff by attending regular meetings and events when available?

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* 16. What are you passionate about contributing to headspace Indooroopilly?

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* 17. What skills and ideas could you bring to the Youth Reference Group?

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* 18. Are you involved in any other organisations?
If yes, which ones and what is your involvement?

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* 19. Do you have a current bluecard?

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* 20. If you don't have current bluecard, are you eligible to apply for one?

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