Coalition Boost for Youth Mental Health Services in Southern Suburbs (27.09.2012)
Written on the 27 September 2012The health and wellbeing of young people in the southern suburbs of Melbourne will benefit from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $4 million commitment to supporting the establishment and upgrading of headspace centres across the state.
Speaking at the opening of the new Southern Melbourne headspace premises in Elsternwick today, with Members for Southern Metropolitan Region Georgie Crozier MLC and Andrea Coote MLC, Ms Wooldridge said that $323,000 was provided to support its relocation to the larger premises at 319-321 Glenhuntly Road.
“This new site has allowed the consolidation of a range of youth mental health services in one location, with lead agency Alfred Health, resulting in an increased capacity for client care.
“It is an open and engaging environment for young people, with easy access to public transport,” Ms Wooldridge said.
Ms Crozier, Member for Southern Metropolitan Region and chair of the Family Community and Development Committee which has recently completed an Inquiry into Workforce Participation by People with a Mental Illness to be tabled in Parliament soon, said that mental health services such as Headspace play a central role in supporting those in need.
“Headspace provides support to people with a mental illness to help with their education and employment opportunities as well as their overall health and wellbeing”, Ms Crozier said.
The headspace sites provides youth-specific services which cover mental health care, drug and alcohol services and vocational support for young people aged 12 to 25 years.
“Since its introduction in 2006, headspace has proved to be a fantastic platform for bringing together many services for young people in one location,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“These include assessment and referral, bulk-billing GP clinics, bulk-billed counselling, secondary consultations, therapeutic group work programs and access to external services including housing, education, and employment support.”
“Young people struggling with issues such as alcohol, bullying and body image should know that their local headspace is a place to go to for help,” Ms Wooldridge said.
For more information about headspace, or to access youth mental health support, visit www.headspace.org.au.