Headspace Perth Officially Open for Business
Australia’s newest headspace has been officially opened in Perth by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
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The Hon Mark Butler MP 8 March 2012
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Minister for Social Inclusion
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform
Senator Louise Pratt
Senator for Western Australia
Australia’s newest headspace was officially opened in Perth today by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
headspace Perth is the 34th headspace to open in Australia. It will help thousands of young people aged 12 to 25 years in Perth who are facing mental health challenges each year.
The headspace model provides for holistic care in four key areas – mental health, physical health, alcohol and drug use and social and vocational support.
“Mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians. In any given year 1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health issue,” Mr Butler said.
“Western Australia has the second highest proportion of young people aged 15-24 in Australia and placing the new service in the capital means we can make a bigger impact on the lives of more young Australians.
“The new headspace will ensure that young people living with mental illness receive the right care and support to stay well early in life.”
Senator Pratt reaffirmed that mental health is a priority for the Gillard Labor Government.
"We made a commitment to improve local mental health services at the last election and this is exactly what we are doing. The opening of headspace Perth is a huge win for young people in our community.
“Young people come to headspace with a range of concerns. But they rarely identify them as mental health issues. They come because they feel down, anxious, stressed, because they are being bullied or are finding it hard to sleep or concentrate, or because they are having problems with relationships or holding jobs.
“The new headspace will give these young people the help they need to get back on their feet, get through tough times and fulfil their potential.”
headspace is part of the Gillard Government’s $2.2 billion record mental health package. This package includes $197.3 million over five years to expand the number of headspace sites to 90 across Australia by 2014-15. Once all 90 sites are fully established, headspace will help up to 72,000 young people each year.
headspace Perth is located at Suite 2/145 Main Street Osborne Park WA 6017 and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
For all media enquiries, please contact the Minister’s office on (02) 6277 7280
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