Headspace clinician Chantel Goodwin encourages a lot of young people to exercise.
Headspace clinician Chantel Goodwin encourages a lot of young people to exercise. Alistair Brightman

Light-bulb moments a highlight for youth clinician

HEADSPACE guardian angel Chantel Goodwin is committed to helping young people deal with life's curve balls.

"It takes so much bravery and courage to actually ask for support," Chantel said.

In her role as a youth clinician for the Hervey Bay Headspace branch Chantel offers support for a multitude of issues including substance abuse, social issues, vocational issues, emotional struggles and cases of anxiety and depression.

She sees the benefits of addressing these issues early and teaching coping mechanisms.

"Between the ages of 12 and 25 is a vulnerable period for young people. They are more likely to have difficulties later in life if they're not met and addressed now. It's about early intervention."

Chantel studied psychology, counselling and child development and employs those skills a long with a personal style of promoting healthy living and exercise as part of therapeutic practices.

"For myself I have a strong belief in health and wellbeing.

"I encourage exercise with a lot of my young people and we get out and do a lot of sport."

She would like to see changes continuing in the community to increase awareness and accountability for its young people.

"Being part of headspace is more about helping empower the community. I'm very passionate about the fact that it does take community to raise young people.

"The highlight of the role is when you actually see them start to unravel and make sense of their world.

"They start to make choices and decisions that benefit them," Chantel said.

"It's phenomenal to be a part of those light-bulb moments."



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