Headspace in Hawthorn
Written on the 24 April 2014
Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation has a new site at the Hawthorn Arts Centre in Burwood Road. The new facility is co-located with the Boroondara Youth Resource Centre.
I joined MLA for Hawthorn, the Hon Ted Ballieu and member for Kooyong the Hon Josh Frydenberg at the official opening.
Victorian Coalition capital funding to Headspace at Hawthorn was $77,274 which is part of the 2011 State Budget funding promise of $1 million per annum over four years for Headspace service centres in Victoria.
There are now eighteen Headspace centres in Victoria and a growing national network of 65 centres across Australia.
About 300,000 young people live, work or study within the surrounding ten kilometres of Hawthorn and the area has the highest concentration of schools in Australia - with a total school population of 33,857 students – 30 per cent of whom live outside Hawthorn. Swinburne University, which is across the road, has a student population in excess of 22,000. Box Hill Institute has more than 35,000 enrolments each year.
Mental health is the number one health issue facing young Australians. Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25.
No matter what issue young people might be facing, the primary focus at Headspace is their mental health and wellbeing. By ensuring help is accessed in those early stages, young people can get things back on track and reduce the likelihood of developing a mental illness later in life.
Good mental health is about being able to work and study to your full potential, cope with day-to-day life stresses, be involved in your community and live your life in a free and satisfying way.
I welcome the opening of Headspace Hawthorn.
People aged 12-25 seeking help for a mental health problem should contact headspace at www.headspace.org.au