Letters to the editor

Headspace held an event in Mount Isa last Tuesday for Mental Health Week.
Headspace held an event in Mount Isa last Tuesday for Mental Health Week.

Headspace Day

On Monday October 9, thousands of Australians across the country generously threw their support behind Headspace day, kicking off National Mental Health Week.

Headspace day is an opportunity to educate young people on the importance of taking care of their mental health issues early, before they become more serious.

Every year, a quarter of all young Australians will experience mental health issues and we want them to know that headspace is here to help.

Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25.

By getting on top of issues early, the chances of recovery are greatly increased.

On Headspace day we asked all Australians to share their personal mental health tips, telling us how they take care of their mental health.

We gathered thousands of ideas to show young people the many different ways to maintain a healthy headspace.

It has been inspiring to see so many Australians share on #headspaceday, including PM Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition leader Bill Shorten, musicians, sports stars, and Headspace day ambassador Anna Flanagan. Our Headspace clinicians say talking about how we take care of our mental health can encourage others.

It is just as important to take care of our minds, as it is our bodies.

With 100 centres across Australia, and phone and online chat service eheadspace, over the past decade Headspace has enabled over 355,000 young people to access mental health care. There is still time to support Headspace just visit headspaceday.org.au, write your personal mental health tip on a Headspace day postcard and share on your social media with #headspaceday.

Thank you to everyone who took part in headspace day, we look forward to your support in the future.

Jason Trethowan

CEO, Headspace

Threat to ration electricity use

Raw turkey at Christmas, a green pool and sheets soaked with sweat over summer – that’s what Queenslanders face with the Palaszczuk Government telling us to ration our electricity use and set our air conditioning to 26 degrees.

Can you imagine Christmas morning with the family gathered around the dinner table, praying the switch is not flicked to ration power? It’s all pain and no gain every time Labor talks about electricity.

Not only has Labor threatened to ration Queenslanders’ energy use, but the Palaszczuk Government has shamefully ruled out a new high-efficiency, low-emissions, coal-fired power station in North Queensland. This isn’t an energy plan. Instead of making sure there is sufficient power supply, Labor has started pointing the finger at Queenslanders and telling them they need to do more.

Queenslanders simply want a reliable, accessible energy source when they need it most, which is why the LNP will work with the private sector to build a new high-efficiency, low-emissions, coal-fired power station.

To add insult to injury, Labor has admitted we could face similar blackouts to South Australia because of this Government’s reckless rush to renewables even as it abandons stable power sources.

Queenslanders are already paying record power prices because they’re being taxed by stealth under this do-nothing Labor government.

In contrast, the LNP knows there is not a family or business in Queensland which isn’t already doing what they can to conserve power in light of the Palaszczuk Government’s soaring power prices and secret energy tax.

If Labor is re-elected, we will have another term of astronomical power prices, unreliable supply and reckless policies which will leave Queenslanders in the dark.

Tim Nicholls

LNP Queensland Opposition Leader