Heads Up

On the last Thursday of each month, tune in to Mornings from 10am as we bring you Heads Up – a space to talk openly about mental health and well being. Stream the discussions below and check back for further information.

Heads Up is presented by headspace Camperdown, located in the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute.


  • Heads Up :: Alcohol and mental health


Dr Daniel Hermens, Senior Research Fellow and head of Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Brain and Mind Centre, discusses the relationship between mental health issues and alcohol misuse in 16-25 year olds, how alcohol affects the brain, and the minimum drinking age.



  • Heads Up :: LGBTIQ Youth with Twenty10


Terence Humphreys, Twenty10 Community Capacity Building Manager and Vicki Papa from Headspace Camperdown discuss issues facing LGBTIQ youth.

qlife.org.au – National phone counselling and online chat service for LGBTIQ people of all ages
wearitpurple.org – Wear it purple day! 28 August 2015


  • Heads Up :: NAIDOC Week Special


Blake Champion (headspace Camperdown Aboriginal Health worker) and our regular mental health expert Vicki Papa joined Alex to talk about the issues indigenous youth are facing in confronting mental health problems and stigmas within their communities. They also shared a bunch of helpful links for you to check out…

NAIDOC Week naidoc.org.au

National Centre for Indigenous Excellence ncie.org.au

Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern amsredfern.org.au

Close the gap Priorities report 2015 humanrights.gov.au


  • Heads Up :: Youthblock and healthy relationships


Kristian Reyes from Youthblock health and resource service and Vicki Papa from ­ headspace Camperdown ­ speak about healthy relationships, including issues around consent, communication and control.
Youthblock provides free and confidential support, counselling and health services for people aged 12 – 24 who live or spend time in the Inner West of Sydney. Call them on (02) 9516 2233.


  • Heads Up :: Young men and mental health


Vicki Papa ­ headspace Camperdown ­ Community Development Officer and Alessandro speak about his experiences and the barriers that young men face in accessing mental health support services.


  • Heads Up :: ReachOut.com


Vicki Papa, ­ headspace Camperdown ­ Community Development Officer and Billy Russell, ReachOut ­ Youth Involvement Coordinator speak about online help for mental health and wellbeing.
ReachOut.com is an online youth mental health service that provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.

eheadspace is an online chat and phone counselling service –  www.eheadspace.org.au or 1800 650 890
ReachOut has online forums which are moderated until 10pm, providing support for young people who want to get advice and peer support for what they’re going through.


  • Heads Up :: headspace Camperdown


Vicki Papageorgopoulos and Dan Marciano, Senior Youth Access Clinician at headspace Camperdown speak about the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

headspace Camperdown is located at Level 2, 97 Church Street Camperdown
phone (02) 9114 4100 | email headspace.camperdown@sydney.edu.au | facebook
Opening hours are Monday – Friday 08:30am – 5:30pm
In the event of an emergency please call 000
See the headspace Camperdown FAQ for more information on their services or get in touch to arrange a free initial assessment with a Youth Access Clinician.





headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. They help young people who are going through a tough time.

Looking for someone to talk to? If you’re 12-25, you can get health advice, support and information from headspace. They have more than 70 centres around Australia.

They’re here for you if you:

– are feeling down, stressed or can’t stop worrying
– haven’t felt like yourself for a long time
– can’t deal with school or finding it difficult to concentrate
– are feeling sick or worried about your health
– want to cut down on your drinking or drug use
– want to talk about sexuality, identity or relationships
– are having difficulties with friendships
– have sexual health issues or want to find out about contraception
– are being bullied, hurt or harassed
– are worried about work or study or if you’re having money trouble

headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006.

Find out how you can get help from headspace and if there is a headspace centre near you. They also have information on issues like depression, bullying, relationship issues and much more right here.

Find headspace on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.