New funding for youth mental health support in Geelong has been welcomed by Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) and Barwon Child, Youth and Family (BCYF) who manage and operate the local headspace service.
Funding of $218,600, over the next three years, will be directed toward improving service access for young people, contributing to initiatives such as the development of a peer workforce, enhancing group supports, and potentially contributing to additional staff for headspace Geelong.
WVPHN Chief Executive Rowena Clift said: “We are delighted to receive this federal funding and will continue working closely with BCYF to give greater access to mental health support for young people in the Geelong area.”
“Good mental health across our community is a WVPHN priority and this funding will strengthen the capacity of headspace Geelong to provide timely youth treatment services and strengthen the mental health workforce to deliver a broader range and mix of high quality services.”
BCYF Chief Executive Sandy Morrison said: “This funding will specifically assist in providing improved access for young people in response to the growing demand, through enhanced allied health staff recruitment and retention.”
“The new funding will support a strong capacity building approach ensuring that additional staff resources can target immediate service delivery needs and also provide increased services in a way that complements the skills of our existing headspace program staff.”