Members of the Rotary Clubs of Armadale, Gosnells & Kenwick came together this month for a “Hat Party” to raise awareness of mental health issues and to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health’s Mental Health Research projects. Special guest speaker, Annette Chivers from the local branch of Headspace, gave a challenging presentation  about youth mental health issues.
The “Hat Party” was held at the Champion Centre in Seville Grove, with the wearing of a hat being “mandatory”. There was a prize for the best hat.  The sum of $310 was raised from the event.
Our Guest Speaker was Annette Chivers from Headspace Armadale.
Headspace is part of a national youth mental health service, providing support to young people 12-25 years for issues relating to mental health. 80% of their young people are experiencing anxiety and depression from a range of situations such as family breakdown, bullying at school, depression over jobs, loneliness and isolation. Of recent times, they have found that many of their clients have an escalated anxiety and depression relating to the fallout of COVID-19.
Annette has worked at Headspace for five and half years and is passionate about her work.
Photos:  1. Annette Chivers of Headspace Armadale, sharing about youth mental health issues.
2. President-Elect PP Peter Warren presents Annette Chivers of Headspace with a club banner.