The Nationals to improve access to mental health services for young people
An elected Liberal Nationals Government will support headspace to expand their youth mental health and support services with a new $1.14 million outreach fund.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said headspace offers critical support to young people aged 12 to 25 experiencing mental health or drug and alcohol issues, but services can be out of reach for young people living in rural or remote Victoria.
“This fund will help our incredible headspace teams to reach the young people that need their support and services the most,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Locally this means more support for headspace Centres to expand their services into our local communities, making sure our young people have access to headspace’s important mental health services – regardless of where they live.
“In Gippsland we only have physical headspace Centres in Morwell and Bairnsdale meaning there are none in the electorate of Gippsland South. This funding will help reach local youth in our region.
“Programs could include regular outreach health services in communities without a permanent headspace Centre or social events for young people.
“I’m proud to be part of a Nationals team that will put the health of our young people first.”
One in four young people have experienced a mental health issue in the past 12 months – a higher prevalence than all other age groups.
Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. By treating these issues early and providing a holistic model of support, the risk of it developing into a more serious problem is greatly reduced.