New headspace a step closer for Mandurah

Andrew Hastie.
Andrew Hastie.

A NEW headspace for Mandurah is one step closer with the tender process to run an early intervention mental health service for 12 to 25 year olds now open.

WA Health Alliance, the peak planning and commissioning body for primary health care services in WA is seeking applications from potential service providers to run the service from July next year.

The new centre will first operate from a temporary location and is expected to relocate to the new Peel Youth Medical Services Hub in 2019.

The headspace model is designed to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to access the help they need for problems affecting their well-being, covering four core areas – mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drugs services.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said the headspace centre would be key to tackling youth mental health concerns that continued to be significant issues in the Peel region.

“The location of a headspace centre in Mandurah is thanks in no small part to a strong grassroots campaign supported by the community,’’ he said.

“A 3400-signature petition to the Health Minister greatly strengthened the case for Mandurah.

“This latest development brings us another step closer to launching a youth friendly mental health service that will help our young people live happier and healthier lives.”

WAPHA general manager Bernadette Kenny said the Alliance was already working closely with some local community groups to support grassroots initiatives that, combined with professional mental health services, would make their communities stronger, healthier and more connected.

“We now know it takes a collective approach to keep our young people well,’’ she said.

Service providers can attend an information session at Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club on Thursday November 2 from 10-11.30am.

Registrations are essential on www.wapha.org.au/headspace-mandurah-briefing.

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