Youth mental health support service Headspace launches in Mandurah

Monique Burley, Navana Funnell, Kaity Smith, Meagan Ullrich and Kiera Slater at the opening of Mandurah Headspace. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Monique Burley, Navana Funnell, Kaity Smith, Meagan Ullrich and Kiera Slater at the opening of Mandurah Headspace. Picture: Jon Hewson.

YOUNG people living in Mandurah will now have access to frontline mental health and wellbeing support after the launch of Headspace in Mandurah yesterday .

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie launched the new service at a temporary location on Dower Street before it will relocate to its permanent home within the Peel Health Hub.

Headspace supports tens of thousands of Australians each year who are struggling with mental health problems by providing vital counselling services in person and online.

Mr Hastie said Headspace would play an important role in combating youth mental health issues in Mandurah and the Peel region.

“Too many people in Mandurah know of a young person who has committed suicide or living on the fringes who has fallen in the pattern of drug and alcohol abuse,” he said.

“The Mandurah community rallied, and together we secured a Headspace for our region.

“I commend everyone who added their name to the petitions.”

Mandurah youth reference group member, 20-year-old Kiera Slater said her anxiety used to dictate her life consistently until she sought help through Headspace.

“I would wake up in the morning, it would be my first thought and it would dictate every decision in my day, and I wouldn’t leave my bedroom – but I wasn’t alone and there are many youth today who feel exactly the same,” she said.

“Having a free safe, early intervention-based youth mental health service like Headspace will be a massive asset to our community and may save the lives of some young people.”

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

Young people who are concerned about their mental health can access the eheadspace service at www.eheadspace.org.au.