Couch Surfing for Youth Homelessness

Couch Surfing for Youth Homelessness

The ultimate race for Youth Homelessness Matters Day and National Youth Week 2017 is here! Watch teams navigate their couches around the racecourse and enjoy a free car park party after the race at the headspace Rockingham Carpark.

headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians. There are 9 headspace centres located around the state providing early intervention mental health services to 12 to 25 year olds.

Couch Surfing races help to highlight the plight of homeless youth across the country with many young people experiencing homelessness by couch surfing and living in overcrowded accommodation.

For more information on headspace, visit

Have you taken part in a Couch Surfing Race? What did you enjoy about it and do you have any winning tips and tricks to share?

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6 April 2017

Sometimes, ads warning of the risks of reckless driving don't have to resort to shock tactics to get their message across. This humorous set of ads from Western Australia's Road Safety Commisson targets younger drivers by warning them of the consequences of losing their license -- they might have to endure three months of being driven around by a parent.

The "Time With Mum" campaign, by 303 MullenLowe Perth, follows Nate, a young guy who has lost his license, as he endures various indignities in the passenger seat. These include listening to Mom singing along to the radio (as seen here), a super-awkward moment with his girlfriend, listening to Mom and Grandma's conversations, and having to wait as Mom signals at an interesction for what seems like forever.

The ads, which were directed by Tony Rogers (director of TV series "Wilfred"), will play out over 12 weeks to give young viewers the experience of a real-life license suspension period and will be supported by social posts from "Nate," as well as TV, cinema, radio and outdoor.

Have a look at two examples below and tell us what you think of this campaign in the comments.

Do you think this campaign is effective at getting young people to drive more safely?

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12 August 2016

Startling new research has revealed the shocking role that “stigma” plays in preventing young Australians seeking help for mental health issues.

Headspace says each year, a quarter of all young people in this country will experience mental health issues, however many of them will not seek the help that they need.

Now, new data showed that 52 per cent of young people were embarrassed to discuss a mental health problem with anyone and nearly half were afraid of what others would think.

Learn more:

How can we break down barriers and make it easier for young people to discuss their mental health concerns?

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1 August 2016

Meet the most scientifically studied people in the world. A group of 1,037 New Zealanders born in one city have been followed since their births in 1972. Members are now dispersed around the globe but 96% of the original group are still taking part - an extraordinary achievement in such a long running study.

This SBS documentary examines myths and facts surrounding long-term effects of childhood. It shows some of what happens in early life has no lasting influence, but also points at how important the early years can be in a number of areas that really do count. The series then moves on to the troubled teens. Why do some go bad and other come right?

One of the oldest arguments in the history of psychology is the Nature vs Nurture debate. Where do you stand on this issue?

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18 July 2016

A recent Four Corners piece "Future Proof" raised a number of questions about the impact of technology on our future workforce.

"Some experts predict more than 40 per cent of jobs in Australian may disappear over the next 10 to 15 years - that's 5 million jobs , most of them replaced by automation and a new generation of computers learning to think for themselves."

One area that will be impacted soon -- truck driving, as driver-less vehicles become a reality. Bank tellers, supermarket check-out staff and airline check-in staff have already been pushed aside by technology.

Do you think your children are being equipped with the tools and skills they'll need to join a rapidly-changing, technologically-dominated workforce?

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18 July 2016