New Collingwood headspace to Improve Mental Health of Thousands of Young People
Young people living in inner Melbourne will benefit from a new headspace service, officially opened by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
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The Hon Mark Butler MP6 June 2012
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing
Minister for Social Inclusion
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform
Senator Gavin Marshall
Senator for Victoria
Young people living in inner Melbourne will benefit from a new headspace service, officially opened today by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler.
headspace Collingwood is the 38th headspace to open in Australia. It will help thousands of young people aged 12 to 25 years in inner Melbourne who are facing mental health challenges each year.
As part of the Gillard Government’s $2.2 billion mental health package, 90 headspace centres will be established 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.”
“headspace Collingwood will provide tailored, youth-friendly care and support to young people to help them stay well early in life.”
Senator Marshall said young people in inner Melbourne 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 impact of headspace Collingwood will be immediate. We’ll be able to improve access to mental health care and related drug and alcohol services for thousands of young people living locally,” 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 Collingwood is located at Level 1 Victoria Park, Lulie Street, Abbotsford. The centre will be open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
For all media enquiries, contact the Minister’s office on 02 6277 7280
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