Introduction

The website BranchingOut.life forms part of the Working Well, Living Well project to produce resources on depression and anxiety for students aged 16 to 25 in Tasmania, Australia. Information on services on this website for young people are specific to the North West of Tasmania, however, emergency services are listed for Launceston (North) and Hobart (South) as well.

As part of the project, a booklet was created with student input at every stage of the process. This included initial ideas for planning, resources, information, artwork, promotional ideas and the logo.

Mental health is usually hidden – it’s not like having a broken leg that people can see and treatment provided – as with a plaster cast to help mend a bone – but students with mental health issues need appropriate treatment too.  This might be through a psychologist, social worker or other mental health professional utilising psychotherapy (talking therapies) and/or a doctor (general practitioner) providing support and possibly medication.  As we can’t physically ‘see’ mental ill health, in order for us to try and understand what someone is going through, we need to talk more about it. I hope these resources will encourage just that.

I hope these resources will assist students to seek help around depression and anxiety (or any other mental health issue for that matter) and be able to talk about issues around mental health.

I would like to thank students and teachers from Burnie and Devonport TasTAFE Campuses and Hellyer and Don Colleges in North West Tasmania,  and key community mental health professionals for their input and support. Thank you also to State Growth, Skills Tasmania’s Training and Work Pathways Grant program for their funding support.

Jennifer Byrne – Working Well, Living Well Project Manager