Inala headspace Opens for Young People in South-East Brisbane
Young people living in Inala and surrounding areas will benefit from a new headspace service opened on 18 April.
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The Hon Mark Butler MP18 April 2012
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Minister for Social Inclusion
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform
Bernie Ripoll MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer
Member for Oxley
Young people living in Inala and surrounding areas will benefit from a new headspace service, officially opened today by the Minister for Mental Health, Mark Butler, and the Federal Member for Oxley, Bernie Ripoll.
headspace Inala is the 35th headspace to open in Australia. It will help thousands of young people aged 12 to 25 years in south Brisbane who are facing mental health challenges each year.
headspace is part of the Australian Government’s $2.2 billion 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.
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 one-in-four young people will experience a mental health issue,” Mr Butler said.
Without the right care and support, mental illness can interrupt schooling, affect employment, impact relationships and in some cases, lead to substance abuse.
“The new headspace will ensure that young people living with mental illness receive the right care and support to stay well early in life”.
Mr Ripoll said young people in south Brisbane would now be able to visit the new headspace to chat about what’s going on in their life and seek help and advice if they’re feeling anxious, worried or going through a tough time.
“The new headspace centre will give young people in the Western Corridor the help they need to get back on their feet, get through tough times and fulfil their potential,” Mr Ripoll said.
“The impact of this will be immediate. We’ll be able to improve access to mental health care and related drug and alcohol services for local young people aged between 12 and 25,” he said.
headspace is an innovative model bringing together a range of allied health professionals, doctors, youth workers and vocational workers in one place to support a local community.
headspace Inala is located at Shop 53, Inala Plaza Shopping Centre. The centre will be open 9:00am to 5:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9:00am to 8:30pm on Thursdays.
For more information, contact the Minister’s office on 02 6277 7280
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