headspace Osborne Park and the Early Psychosis Youth Service have officially opened in a new purpose-built site today.
The service will ensure young people in Perth who are struggling with their mental health can receive local support.
$1.4 million in Commonwealth funding assisted in building the new Osborne Park facility. This financial year, the Australian Government is providing $1.8 million for the Osborne Park Early Psychosis Youth Program and more than $280 million nationwide for the headspace program.
Centrally located, headspace Osborne Park and Early Psychosis Youth Service are free services for young people aged from 12 to 25 who are at risk of, or experiencing, mild to moderate mental illness or their first episode of psychosis.
headspace provides mental, physical and sexual health support, drug and alcohol use support, and vocational services. Its holistic, early intervention approach helps to reduce the duration and impact of mental ill-health.
The Early Psychosis Youth Services Program aims to reduce the risk of long-term psychosis and mental ill-health through specialist support, case management, treatment planning and psychoeducation. It supports more than 4,500 young people across Australia, and almost 200 young people a year at Osborne Park.
The Osborne Park service, operated by Black Swan Health, is located at 290 Scarborough Beach Road. Free phone and online support services are also available at 1800 650 890 or www.headspace.org.au.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister McBride:
“The mental health of young people has been declining over recent years. Intervention as early as possible can make all the difference for young people who are struggling.
“Making sure support is available close to home is essential. I encourage young people across the region to visit headspace Osborne Park for support with their mental health and wellbeing.”
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister Gorman:
“Our Government is making the mental health of all Australians a national priority.
“This announcement is life-changing for people in Perth who may be in need of mental health support.
“Many Perth residents will now be able to access mental health support closer to home.
“This headspace facility will encourage help-seeking for those in our community who can benefit from early intervention.
“An early-intervention approach will make real change by reducing demand through addressing mental health issues in a preventative manner.
“I am so pleased to announce this continued and expanding support for headspace which will improve so many lives in Perth.”