Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) has commissioned headspace centres throughout our region to provide an additional option for young people seeking mental health support in their local community.
The headspace model
headspace is available to young people aged 12 to 25 years along with their families and friends to provide face-to-face information, support and services.
An enhanced primary care model is used to specifically break down barriers for young people accessing mental health support. The service focuses on early intervention and a stepped approach to mental health care to support young people in four key areas:
- Mental health
- Related physical health
- Social and vocational support
- Alcohol and other drug use
headspace centres also foster relationships with young people and their natural support networks alongside general practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, other mental health and drug and alcohol specialists, and support providers in employment, education and training.
GPs can refer patients by directly contacting their local headspace centre. Young people can also call to make an appointment themselves. Alternatively, a family member or friend can refer them to headspace.
Western Victoria headspace centres
These services are generally free of charge.