Young People to Benefit from New headspace Sites

Young People to Benefit from New headspace Sites

28 June 2013

Fifteen new headspace youth mental health services will open across the country to support young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues.

The popular youth mental health service provides support in areas ranging from mental health issues, to drug and alcohol problems, physical health, social and vocational support.

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler, said the 15 new sites to be rolled out across Australia will provide young people in rural, regional and metro areas with a holistic health service where they feel welcome and comfortable.

We know that 1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health issue this year, making it the single biggest issue facing young Australians, Mr Butler said.

However, three-quarters of these people arent receiving the professional help they need because of a lack of access to youth-specific mental health services or because they dont know who to turn to.

With the right early interventions we can give young people a better future and help them fully participate in the social and economic life of our community.

As part of the Governments record $2.2 billion mental health package, additional funding of almost $200 million is being invested to establish 90 headspace sites across the country.

An astonishing 92 per cent of young people have reported improvements in their mental health after using the headspace service, Mr Butler said.

Todays announcement is another great milestone achieved on time and within budget. The Labor Government continues to deliver on its promise to make mental health reform a priority.

The new headspace centres will be located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The new headspace outpost service will be located in New South Wales.

For more information about the national headspace program, go to the headspace website.