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Okay, we are recording. So whenever you're ready. And Rebecca and Nick, if you mess up tostart again, we can cut it out. Don't worry about it.Hello and welcome. I'm Dr. Caroline West, I'm a GP with a special interest in mental health, andI'm an NPS MedicineWise Medical Advisor. Increasing numbers of young Australians areexperiencing psychological distress. And the last couple of years with COVID, lockdowns,disruptions to work, education, and socializing haven't made it any easier, particularly for thoseunder 25. So it's timely that today we are focusing on young people and then mental health. Atthe core of this is the need for engagement and empowerment of young people because this canprofoundly affect the trajectory of someone's journey.I'm a GP. I enjoy working with young people, but there's always so much to learn. And I'mcurious to know what engagement and empowerment look like from a young person'sperspective. Joining us today to take us through these issues and more are two young people withlived experience. Welcome, Rebecca Langman and Nick Juniper.Hi, nice to be here.Nice to have you on the show. Can I start by checking the pronouns that you'd like us to useduring the show?Rebecca?Yeah, so Rebecca she/her.Yeah, and NickNick, I use they/them pronouns.They/them. Fantastic. Great. And if, at any time through this podcast, there's something that youdon't feel comfortable talking about, then please let us know. Because obviously, this is animportant area for you in terms of taking us through your journey with mental health. And we arevery mindful that if at any time you wish to change the narrative, you can do so. But can I startoff by just asking you to tell us a bit about your story? Rebecca, to you?Sorry, just one second. I'm turning my notifications off, so they don't beep. There we go. So myname is Rebecca. I live in Adelaide, and my journey with mental health started around when Iwas in high school, around 15 or 16 years old. Really classic stuff of not wanting to go to school,sleeping a lot, not interested in my school work, very sort of classic depression symptoms. And itdidn't really get picked up at the time because this was over 10 years ago now, and mental healthwasn't on the agenda as much. So it kind of went untreated, and I didn't go and see anyone aboutit because I still felt a lot of stigma and fear as a young person with all these feelings that I didn'tknow what to do with.So I started university in 2014, and then I saw sort of everything got a lot worse. It was a bit of apressure cooker moving out of home when I was 18 and starting uni, trying to find work. It wasall just a bit much, which is really common for most young people in their first couple years of
uni. So yeah, I was experiencing a lot of really like depressed, sad feelings, some suicidalideation, substance use, lots of different things.

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