Meet our staff and YAG crew
We have so many awesome staff here at headspace Glenroy. All of them are extremely passionate about supporting young people to live rich and meaningful lives and to get back on tack after feeling a bit overwhelmed by life.
Check our profiles on Adrian, once of our ace psychologists, and Chloe, a member of our Youth Advisory Group (YAG). Check in regularly for more features on our staff and YAG crew.
Adrian can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at headspace Glenroy?
I have studied a Master of Psychology course at university and I play soccer at a semi-professional level which I really enjoy. I also love staying fit and healthy and spending time with friends and family.
At headspace Glenroy my main role is to welcome young people into the centre, learn about what difficulties they are facing, and help ensure that they are linked in with the right support person or service. To do this I speak to young people, their friends and family, school counsellors, teachers, and many other services. I also run groups at headspace and go out to schools to talk about mental health which I really enjoy.
Why are you passionate about young men’s mental health?
I think I am particularly passionate about mental health in young men because in general, men tend to find it more difficult to seek support. Whether it be because they find it harder to talk about their difficulties or that they are less aware of mental health concerns, I would love to see more males come into headspace.
Was there a defining moment for you that inspired you to want to make a difference in their lives?
I don’t think there has been a defining moment in particular, however being a young male myself, I have experienced the highs and lows of mental and physical health throughout school and university. I have learnt that many different factors impact on mental health in males, including social connection, family relationships, school pressure, dating, drugs, alcohol, learning about yourself, sport, music and many other things. I love being able to make a difference in the lives of young males having been through similar situations myself.
Outside of headspace you also play and coach soccer. Do you find that sport is a good way to engage young men in talking about their mental health?
Yes of course. I think that mental health difficulties can affect the way you get along with your teammates and influence your ability to achieve your sporting goals. Being able to talk about mental health difficulties with your friends, teammates, coaches, or other people within a club environment may be a useful way to obtain support.
I think it would also be a good place to discuss mental health difficulties that are common among young men, so that we as sportsman become more accepting and understanding of these difficulties.
When a young man comes to headspace does he have to sit in a room and chat to someone one on one, or are there other options?
Generally we invite young people into a room to have a chat, however there have been many times where I have taken young people for a walk or played board games whilst chatting about their situation.
What would you say to all the fathers, brothers, teachers and uncles out there who might be struggling to have challenging conversations with a young man they are worried about?
Personally, I think it’s important to normalise mental health difficulties such as anxiety, anger and depression. Let the young person know that many people experience these difficulties, however they can learn to manage them well with a bit of support from a place like headspace.
Also to maintain their role as a father, grandfather, uncle, brother, in being a caring and understanding figure in the life of the young man. It is often really helpful for young men to have you listen to what they need to say and how they are feeling, as well as allow them to have a say in the plan moving forward.