Taz describes himself as a “brother boy”, a female to male Indigenous trans person.
“I guess growing up I had feelings of wanting to be a guy but I didn’t know anything about it so it was a bit pointless me trying to say something I didn’t understand,” he explains.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it cause I didn’t want to tell them, ‘hey, I’ve got an issue with my gender’.”
When he first came out as same-sex attracted, the family he had been living with him kicked him out and he ended up living in a shelter.
Soon afterwards, he found out his mother had died in a car accident.
“I felt like my whole world was falling apart,” he said.
He is one of so many young Australians whose life has changed dramatically for the better after speaking to someone from Headspace, an Australian organisation dedicated to helping young people with mental health issues.
Through Headspace in Townsville, Taz found support and eventually a like-minded community of gender non-conforming young people.
“Speak to someone if you’re in a dark spot because there is nothing worse than bottling it up and feeling as though no one wants to hear you,” he said.
Headspace has close to 100 centres across Australia and over the past decade has provided almost 260,0000 young people aged between 12 and 25 from all over Australia access to mental health care.
Next Tuesday October 11 is Headspace Day, the first national Headspace Day launching to bring the importance of keeping a youth-friendly portal to mental health services open and available for young Australians struggling in silence.
Did you know that each year a quarter of all young people in this country will experience mental health issues? We want them to know that help is available and accessible with headspace. Show your support for headspace day on 11 October by picking up an Access All Areas wristband from your nearest headspace centre or by visiting headspaceday.org.au. Snap a pic of you wearing your wristband and share on your social network. #headspaceday #youth #mentalhealth #awareness #nfp #support #launch #campaign #insta #getinvolved #accessallareas
It’s about ensuring every young person in Australia has access to youth friendly, mental health services no matter where they live.
Here’s how you can show your support:
1. Wear – Wear a headspace day “Access all Areas” wristband on the day. You can pick one up at any headspace centre or through one of their partners. You can also print one off here and make your own.
3. Donate – Make a donation at www.headspaceday.org.au