Launching headspace Kempsey

The Australian Government is improving access to mental health services for young people in Kempsey, with a new headspace centre now open in the area.

The Hon Emma McBride MP
Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Assistant Minister Rural and Regional Health

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The Albanese Government is improving access to mental health services for young people in Kempsey, with a new headspace centre now open in the area.

Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Emma McBride MP attended the launch of headspace Kempsey today, after the centre opened earlier this year.

headspace Kempsey offers free support to teenagers and young adults aged 12-25 who are experiencing, or at risk of, mental ill-health. It also offers support services for general health, alcohol and other drugs, and employment and social support.

Located on Dunghutti Country, headspace Kempsey offers safe and culturally appropriate support for young First Nations people.

The service is being funded through the North Coast Primary Health Network and operated by the Samaritans. It’s one of 153 headspaces operating nationally, with 83 located in regional Australia.

Almost half of all Australians will experience mental ill-health at some point in their lives and early intervention is key. That’s why the Albanese Government is investing more than $152 million in headspace service delivery in 2022-23.

For young people unable to attend a headspace service, eheadspace provides free telephone (1800 650 890) and web-based (www.headspace.org.au) support.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister Emma McBride:

“Half of all adult mental health challenges emerge before the age of 14, so it’s vital for young people to get the best start in life.

“The Albanese Government is determined to improve mental health support services for all Australians and a trusted provider like headspace will help people get the care and support they need when they need it, close to home.”

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