Young people in Horsham will have better access to youth mental health services from today, with the opening of the latest headspace centre at 77 Hamilton Street, Horsham.

The centre, commissioned by Western Victoria Primary Health Network and operated by a consortium led by Wimmera Uniting Care, is a welcome addition to local health services and will provide vital support to young people and their families in the region during times of need.

Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad officially opened the new headspace this morning.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that headspace is now officially operating in Horsham,” he said.

“Ticking off Horsham means we’ve hit the trifecta with headspace youth mental health services now available throughout the Wimmera Mallee in Swan Hill, Mildura, and Horsham.”

As a key element of the Australian Government’s mental health reforms, headspace centres and other Commonwealth-funded, regionally delivered mental health programs are now funded through Primary Health Networks (PHNs).

PHNs assess local health and mental health needs and can commission services to meet those needs, as well as making sure that services work for their clients and their particular circumstances.

Western Victoria PHN also commissioned the headspace centres in Ballarat, Portland, Geelong and Warrnambool.

“The establishment of a headspace service in Horsham, administered by Uniting Care will provide those direct and much needed funds for critical services for local young people,” said Leanne Beagley, CEO of Western Victoria PHN.
“Already a well-known and trusted youth brand, headspace here in Horsham will attract young people to an accepted youth-friendly service.”

Uniting Wimmera Executive Officer Wendy Sturgess thanked the Commonwealth Government for investing in youth mental health services for the region.

“headspace Horsham is a testament to the dedication and hard work of headspace Horsham, Western Victoria Primary Health Network, our consortium members and wonderful Youth Reference Group,” she said. “We are thrilled with how the service has already benefited the lives of young people in the region and the enthusiasm we’ve had from supporters and the broader community.”

headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25 year olds in four key areas:

  • mental health
  • related physical health
  • social and vocational support
  • alcohol and other drug use.

Early intervention remains the key to reducing the impact and duration of mental illness, which affects one in four young Australians, aged between 16 and 24 each year.

headspace provides holistic support – not just treating people with mental health problems but providing the right sympathetic intervention when they are at risk. It will initially offer services from a temporary premises on Ballie Street. The centre will relocate to new premises in May.

The new Horsham services will provide invaluable support to young people and their families during what can be a challenging time in their lives. The service has been established with initial funding of $450,000, with additional operational funding of $827,400 for 2017-18.

headspace Horsham is part of the current national network of 100 centres, which assist up to 80,000 young Australians each year.

The Australian Government has also committed to expanding the headspace network by a further 10 centres to bring the total to 110 by 2019.

Major reforms to mental health will produce a much better range of treatment options for people of all ages experiencing mental health issues.

The Australian Government is committed to working with PHNs to make sure that all Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Andrew Broad: Tori Masters 0418 445 233
Leanne Beagley: Helen Kostiuk 0413 754 606

 

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