Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Alister Henskens SC MP Encourages Parents and Carers to Book in for Free Mental Health Workshops

Graphic of head silhouettes with puzzles, gardens and graphs to represent mental health and wellbeing

Parents and carers in Ku-ring-gai are encouraged to attend free workshops hosted by national youth mental health foundation headspace, to help them navigate the ups and downs of dealing with teen mental health.

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC MP said the start of a new school year can be as unsettling as it is exciting, and our young people’s mental health must be a focus.

“New beginnings can be uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking, especially alongside all the hormonal changes that can occur as a teenager,” Mr Henskens said.

“We want parents, carers and community leaders to understand how to proactively support the mental health and wellbeing of our young people, including how to initiate these tricky conversations.”

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said acting early is one of the best ways to prevent small mental health issues from getting bigger and more serious.

“We want all parents and carers to feel confident in talking about mental health with their kids on a regular basis, so they can determine as quickly as possible if professional support is needed,” Mrs Taylor said.

“These sessions are for any parent or carer who is worried about their child and doesn’t know how to start a conversation about what’s going on in their lives,” said Mrs Taylor.

“These workshops will address local challenges, point the way to local support services and allow the community to ask questions about what they can do to help young people who are struggling.”

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said understanding suicide will be a key part of the training.

“Suicide and mental health can feel like a really daunting subject to speak about with your young person,” Mr Trethowan said.

“Parents and careres are best place to support change when they have access to resources and feel supported to manage difficult times.”

Parents, carers and community members can register to attend the free workshops by visiting: