GET INVOLVED: Headspace Ipswich is excited to be hosting A-SIMMO touch football carnival and forum on September 25.
GET INVOLVED: Headspace Ipswich is excited to be hosting A-SIMMO touch football carnival and forum on September 25. Inga Williams

Footy’s in the right headspace

HEADSPACE Ipswich is calling on all local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people aged 12-25 to register for a unique forum and footy carnival during the September school holidays.

The free forum will be focused on culture, wellbeing and how to help your friends and will be followed by a mixed touch football competition.

Headspace Ipswich community development co-ordinator Gillian Marshall-Pierce said registrations for the forum closed this week.

"The workshops have a focus on building resilience, which is essential to maintaining good wellbeing and helps young people to manage their mental health issues," she said.

"The touch football carnival will be lots of fun and have a great community atmosphere with lots of local businesses taking part."

Headspace Ipswich manager Ellen Heathwood said the event was an initiative by local Aboriginal elder Aunty Narella Simpson and developer A-SIMMO, a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation that promotes healing and wellbeing.

"Aunty Narella has partnered with Headspace Ipswich, which is leading a network of other government and community organisations to deliver this fun, engaging day of activity during the September school holidays," Ms Heathwood said.

Ipswich local Kellan, 14, thought it was important for young people to attend the forum to learn about other people and organisations which can help young Murris doing it tough.

"If any of my friends are struggling, I will know how to help them and I know where they can get help in the community. I also want to learn about my culture," Kellan said.

"The forum will also be a deadly place for us young people to talk about these issues together."

The forum will kick off at 8.30am on September 25 with the touch carnival beginning at 1pm.

Registrations close this Friday, September 11.

Phone 3280 7900 or visit the Headspace Ipswich Facebook page for details.


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