Peter Rohr: Operations Manager
Tell us a little about the work you do with young people at headspace?
These days I work a lot more behind the scenes with headspace. In fact, I work with a few centres in Bathurst, Cowra, Orange and Dubbo. It’s my job to try and support all our other staff in what they do. Sometimes that’s providing advice on how best to support an individual young person, but a lot of the time it’s actually looking at how we can make our services better as a whole. It means I tend to spend lots of time in meetings, looking at budgets and funding, understanding what great work other headspace centres and services are doing, and trying to build those great ideas into our service.
If you had a super power what would it be?
Whilst my boys would no doubt wish I had the powers of Superman, I’d actually like to be able to time travel. I think in my job, an appreciation of the past is certainly handy, but a snippet of the future would be pretty great too.
How do you look after your headspace?
Probably two things. Firstly, I have two fantastic young children who ensure that I get to act a little bit silly sometimes. We all need to have times when we forget to be grown ups and let our own child like imagination run wild. The second is that I am a big believer in finding a passion – something that gives you that little flutter, that makes you want to jump from one foot to the other with excitement. For me, that’s car racing, but for others it could be any number of things. It’s what looks after my headspace… but certainly not my wallet.
How would you approach a friend if you were worried about them?
I think pretty much any friend appreciates it when they know you’re thinking of them – that you have truly noticed them and how they’re going. Having a direct conversation about what you have noticed, and being there to listen. They may not want to talk now, but might choose to in the future if they know you’re there for them. There aren’t magic words to use. I would just try and be honest and supportive – that’s all a friend ever really expects.