A room for marginalised and vulnerable young people has been opened at Geraldton’s headspace, with The Space welcoming queer and curious young people to “hang out” and be themselves. A launch event saw young people aged 12 to 25 in LGBTQIA+ inclusive social room to decorate a banner that will hang in the room. It was a form of art therapy, a chance to listen to their favourite music and decompress. The room will be available from 3.30pm to 5pm every Friday as a safe, welcoming space for young people to hang out by themselves or with friends. Headspace clinician Gabbie Lynch said events like these were important because “there isn’t a whole lot in town for young people, let alone young people in the LGBT community. So it’s good to make the time for them to come here and meet other people and have that sense of community”. The aim of The Space is to have the group become a self-sustaining community able to continue the connections made through the events. “Sometimes you aren’t ready to say ‘I’m queer’ so just the underlying knowledge that people around you have the same experiences as you is really valuable,” Ms Lynch said. It was Morgan’s first time at headspace after moving to Geraldton in February. “It’s harder to make friends in a new place if you’re not at school, so I thought this would be a good way to meet people,” said Morgan, after finding the event online. Ms Lynch passed out donuts out to the youth as she said, “they can share as little or as much as they like, they don’t even have to tell us their name, they can make up a whole other identity if they want, we just want them to know there are people who care about them and will listen.” Ms Lynch said she believed that because the work done wasn’t a clinical counselling session, it was more approachable for young people. “It’s also an amazing way to share resources between other young people, like finding a good GP, some times it’s hard to find those things online,” she said. Future events at headspace can be found on their Facebook and Instagram profiles.