Date published: 
30 March 2019
Media type: 
Media release
Audience: 
General public

The Liberal National Government will establish a new satellite Headspace service in Sarina, to provide mental health services to young people in the region.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said young people in the local area face many challenges and this new service will provide a significant boost of support.

“There are more pressures on young people today than ever before and the establishment of this headspace is so important in providing needed services in our region,” Minister Hunt said.

“I am committed to ensuring young Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.”

“I want our young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that headspace is there to deliver quality frontline support and coordinate the right interventions for people who are at risk,” Minister Hunt said.

Headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25 year olds in four key areas — mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support and alcohol and other drug use.

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry welcomed the announcement and said the service would be very well received.

“Mental health services in Sarina are a constant request I receive from local residents and I have worked and lobbied hard to deliver this service,” Ms Landry said.

“Over past years, we have lobbied for greater services and while we have had a couple of knock-backs, we never gave up.”

“This service will make a huge difference to young people in Sarina as the services they require will be available where they are, here in Sarina.”

“I am proud to be part of a Liberal National Government putting regional communities first and delivering the health services we need,” Ms Landry said.

It is estimated that one in five young Australians aged 16 to 24 experience mental illness in any given year.

Three quarters of all mental illness manifests in people under the age of 25 so intervention early in life and at an early stage of illness can reduce the duration and impact of mental illness.

The Liberal National Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with a record $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year alone.

The Government’s strong economic management ensures the continued record investment of funding into vital health initiatives including mental health, life-saving medicines, Medicare and hospitals.