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New headspace youth mental health service for Nundah



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THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing

Minister for Social Inclusion

WAYNE SWAN MP

Member for Lilley

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

17 February 2012

New Headspace Youth Mental Health Service for Nundah

Young Northsiders will benefit from a new headspace youth mental health centre, opened today by the Member for Lilley, Wayne Swan.

headspace Nundah is the first headspace centre to open in Brisbane and will help thousands of young people aged 12 to 25 years in Brisbane’s northern suburbs who are facing mental health challenges each year.

Mr Swan said young people in Nundah would now be able to visit the new headspace - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm - to chat about what’s going on in their life and seek help and advice if they’re feeling anxious, worried or going through a tough time.

“The new headspace will give young people in Nundah and Brisbane’s northern suburbs the help they need to get back on their feet, get through tough times and fulfil their potential.

“The impact of this will be immediate. We’ll be able to improve access to mental health care and related drug and alcohol services for local young people, aged between 12 and 25,” he said.

Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler said mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians.

“In any given year one-in-four young people will experience a mental health issue,” Minister Butler said.

“Without the right care and support, mental illness can interrupt schooling, affect employment, impact relationships and in some cases, lead to substance abuse.”

headspace is part of the Australian Government’s $2.2 billion record mental health package. This package includes $197.3 million over five years to expand the number of headspace sites to 90 across Australia by 2014-15. Once all 90 sites are fully established, headspace will help up to 72,000 young people each year.

The headspace centre offers a drop-in service every day between 9am and 5pm and provides for holistic care in four key areas - mental health, physical health, alcohol and drug use and social and vocational support.

headspace is an innovative model bringing together a range of allied health professionals, doctors, youth workers and vocational workers in one place to support a local community.

Headspace Nundah is located at 1264 Sandgate Rd, Nundah.

For more information visit http://www.headspace.org.au

Media Contacts: Minister Swan’s office, Jessica Train, 0409 526 963 Minister Butler’s office, 02 6277 7280