A NEW headspace at Peel Youth Medical Services in Mandurah will provide mental health services to young people in the region.
Making the announcement in Mandurah today , Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Mandurah was the third location in Australia to receive one of the new facilities.
He said the Federal Government was investing an extra $28.9 million for 10 new headspaces services bringing the total to 110 by 2019.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said young people faced many challenges and the new service would provide a significant boost.
“The challenges we face in youth mental health are significant, but the inclusion of a headspace within the Peel Youth Medial Service Health Hub will be an important part of the solution,” he said.
“Early intervention is absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues and the Mandurah headspace will deliver front-line services and coordinate the right interventions for at risk young people.
“Eleanor Britton and the team at GP Down South have collected more than 3000 signatures in support of a headspace in Mandurah and it is thanks to this groundswell of community support that our efforts have been successful.”
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.
Mandurah headspace will now begin a planning phase with services expected to be available within 12 months.