Drought and HSC exam stress being felt by young people in Orange | Photos

COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Gail Carson, Scott Shepherd and Colette Shepherd were at the Headspace Day event. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1009jkheadspace7
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Gail Carson, Scott Shepherd and Colette Shepherd were at the Headspace Day event. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1009jkheadspace7

A welfare agency helping young people is seeing a rise in demand for its services with HSC exams and school leaving looming.

Headspace Orange centre manager Kelly Dent said the drought was also affecting young people on farms in the region.

Mrs Dent said students were self-referring to Headspace and being referred by their doctor or school as pressure mounted on them.

"We do find we get busy at this time of year," she said.

"They feel so overwhelmed about doing well. It can be quite daunting," she said.

Mrs Dent said Headspace offered counselling and study assistance to help students cope with the stress.

She said there was also concern from people about how they would cope transitioning from school to work.

Mrs Dent said there had been a gradual in young people living in rural areas seeking help.

She said that as the drought worsened young people began to worry about their own future.

Headspace celebrated its national day on Wednesday with events across the country.

The Orange office had a range of stalls with information and a cooking demonstration with recipe cards offered to show the importance of eating and living well.

Mrs Dent said the event helped raise awareness and educate young people about how to access help.

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