Raising Teens Series

What is it?

The Raising Teens Series is a series of 4 information evenings being run over the next 12 months to support the parents of teenagers in the Albert Park Community.

These information evenings will invite highly regarded researchers and speakers to inform parents on the major concerns facing them as they raise teenagers in today’s context.


The topics that will be covered

Part 1: It’s time we talk: pornography young people and sex today.

Part 2: Let’s Talk: Mental health, young people and strategies for today

Part 3 Video games: It’s not all bad

Part 4: Body Image, Perfection and Success in the Age of Social Media

Raising teens: Part 2

Let’s Talk: mental health, young people and stratagies for today.

Did You Know, one in four young people has experienced a mental health issue in the past 12 months – a higher prevalence than all other age groups. Alarmingly, suicide is the leading cause of death of young people, accounting for one-third of all deaths.

Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. By treating these issues early and providing a holistic model of support, the risk of them developing into more serious problems is greatly decreased.

So even if your child is mentally healthy they will encounter a friend or schoolmate going through difficult mental health issues in their adolescence, and these can be tough waters to navigate as a parent.

Raising sensitive issues and working to resolve problems that arise along the way can be challenging. It can also be hard as a parent to know the difference between normal behaviours, such as moodiness, irritability and withdrawal, and an emerging mental health problem. We are fortunate to have Sam Loy from Headspace coming to inform us on mental health issues facing young people and guide us through some positive help-seeking strategies.


When: Tuesday the 20th Nov 2018

Time: 8.00-9.30pm

Location: 115 Kerferd Rd, Albert Park. Entrance to the hall is on Richardson Street.

Cost: free

To secure your seat visit raising_teens.eventbrite.com.au 


This session, led by Sam Loy, from headspace, will explore:

• What are the mental health issues affecting teens, what are the warning signs and how do they differ from adults?

• What ways can we help our teens develop positive and help-seeking strategies when facing mental illness and stress?


Who are Headspace?

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young people’s’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

For more information contact Kat Mattlia:
Phone: 0412 571 980
Email: Kat.mattila@albertpark.org.au