You've Got This

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October starts Mental Health Month and headspace Bathurst Youth Reference Group (BYRG) in partnership with Bathurst Regional Youth Council (BRYC), is launching the campaign, You’ve Got This.

The You’ve Got This team is made up of 40 young people and  includes representatives from each high school in Bathurst as well as a small number of Charles Sturt University (CSU) students.

Peter Rohr, Operation Manager at headspace Bathurst, says the group have been working together with headspace Bathurst and the Bathurst Regional Council over the past several months with a shared goal to raise awareness and address the issue of stress.

“This group have come together and worked enthusiastically to film a series of short videos, develop merchandise and refine ideas on how young people can manage stress in order to improve the quality of life within the school and community.”

The You’ve Got This campaign kicked off with a special presentation to CSU students during the Residential Cup 2015 on Saturday 26th September.

BYRG member and CSU student, Anthony Nougher, says “The idea behind the campaign is to help young people understand that stress is a normal part of everyday life and that coping with stressful situations – in particular stressors surrounding study and life transition points, is something they have the capacity to achieve.”

The You’ve Got This team will also launch the campaign and videos featuring the ‘Stress Monkey’ in each Bathurst high school in the coming weeks.

“We’re launching You’ve Got This at a time of year when many young people are studying for exams or feeling pressured to decide what they’re going to do next year. When you’re in the middle of a stressful time it can be hard to trust that better times are coming. You’ve Got This is a positive messaging campaign designed by young people who know what this feels like, and want their peers and those younger than them to know they’ve got what it takes to get through this time,” says Karen Golland, Community and Youth Engagement at headspace Bathurst.

Each video will represent stress as a monkey and play on the saying ‘you’ve got a monkey on your back.’ Simple stress busting techniques taken from research evidence will effectively lose the monkey and demonstrate ways young people can incorporate these skills into daily life.

This youth-led project has been made possible by the shared funding from headspace Bathurst and Bathurst Regional Council.

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For more information about headspace Bathurst, please go to or call headspace Bathurst on (02) 6338 1100.




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