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$1.5 Million for Yass Headspace

Wednesday, 15 May 2019
The Morrison Government will establish a new headspace in Yass to provide innovate mental health support for young regional Australians.
 
One in four people aged 16 to 24 experiences some form of mental illness every year and three-quarters of all mental illness manifests in people under the age of 25.
 
Intervention at the earliest possible stage is important to reduce the duration and impact.
 
Minister for Health Greg Hunt said Yass was identified as an area of particular need.
 
“The new $1.5 million headspace centre will provide vital services and deliver innovative support for young Australians in Yass,” Minister Hunt said.
 
“I want our young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that headspace is there to deliver quality frontline services and coordinate the right interventions for people who are at risk,” Minister Hunt said.
 
Liberal Candidate for Eden-Monaro Fiona Kotvojs said the headspace program aims to improve access for young people aged 12 to 25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness.

“The headspace will provide support across four key areas—mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use,” Ms Kotvojs said.

“These services provide tailored and holistic mental health support, working closely with young people at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.”
 
The new service is one of 30 new sites announced as part of the expansion of the headspace network from 115 to 145 sites nationally. The investment will build on vital mental health services for young people in NSW facing mental health challenges.
 
The Liberal National Government is absolutely committed to ensuring young people have access to mental health services in their local areas. 

The Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with a record $4.8 billion spent on mental health this financial year alone.