headspace Palmerston has officially opened its doors, providing young people access to vital mental health support in their own community.
The new headspace is open to people aged 12-25 offering mental health, related physical health, substance misuse and social and vocational support.
Palmerston is a rapidly growing community, and this centre will provide ongoing support to an increasing number of young people in the area who would otherwise need to travel to Darwin for care.
Located on Larrakia Country, headspace Palmerston will also offer safe and culturally appropriate support for young First Nations people across the city.
Funded by the Australian Government and operated by Anglicare NT, headspace Palmerston is the 152nd headspace operating nationally.
The Government is investing more than $146 million into headspace service delivery in 2022-23 to help young Australians access mental health care, when and where they need it.
headspace Palmerston is located at Level 1, 11 Palmerston Circuit, Palmerston City.
For young people unable to attend a headspace, free telephone and web support is available at www.headspace.org.au or by phone 1800 650 890.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister Emma McBride:
“The past few years have been tough for all Australians, but they’ve been especially tough for young people living in rural and regional communities.
“It’s vital for young Australians in communities like Palmerston to get the support they need for their mental health and wellbeing, when they need it.
“Early intervention can make a significant difference to someone experiencing or at-risk of mental ill-health. That’s why I’m encouraging young people in Palmerston to visit their new headspace centre, if and when they need support.”
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister, Malarndirri McCarthy:
“Reaching out for help takes courage, but young Territorians are resilient and with the right supports like headspace Palmerston, they can go on to live happier, healthier lives.
“In Australia, half of all adult mental health challenges emerge before the age of 14 so it’s critically important to give young people the support they need with services like headspace.
Quotes attributable to Luke Gosling, MP:
“headspace is a safe and trusted space for young people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
“We know there’s been an increase in mental ill-health, particularly among young Australians over the past few years and a service like this will be invaluable to the Palmerston community.”