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Mental health spotlight

By JODIE STEPHENS | The Examiner | March 29, 2014

Mental health spotlight
HEADSPACE Launceston and Cornerstone Youth Services yesterday launched a pop-up youth space in an event designed to increase awareness of mental health.

The pop-up space, a bright green tent, will appear at various locations and events in Launceston, offering activities, information about other services and youth providers, and a place to offer ideas and have a chat. The organisations launched the pop-up youth space in the Brisbane Street Mall, before parading through the mall as part of The Fifth Army’s day of action. The Fifth Army is a movement that aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health issues. CYS community liaison officer Alison Filgate said about 25 people marched through the mall wearing shirts with just one word describing what stressed them, such as ‘‘school’’ and ‘‘sexuality’’. She said Launceston recruits in the army had participated in daily and weekly missions to accrue points, such as challenges to improve mood, pop quizzes to learn more about mental health, and complimenting other people. ‘‘We got second of all the Headspaces in Australia, we were just beaten by Maroochydore,’’

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