Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Federal Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, will benefit young people in his electorate.
“Young people will soon have access to additional services, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff, as a result of this additional headspace funding,” Mr Coulton said.
“headspace provides an excellent service for people aged 12-25 years in my electorate, as a single entry point to friendly primary care and support for physical and mental wellbeing.
“It’s important young people know they are not alone and that quality frontline support is available, which includes early intervention services.
“One in four young Australians experience mental illness in any given year, and headspace continues to provide an important service to those who are suffering.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Government understands the huge mental health challenge facing many Australians.
“Within our funding injection for headspace, $39 million will go towards services and staff while $12.8 million will ensure headspace National can continue to run eheadspace so young people can access support when they need it,” Minster Hunt said.
headspace has increased the number of services it delivers to around 382,000 in 2017/18. Last year, approximately 33,800 young people accessed eheadspace.
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton with the headspace Dubbo team.
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