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Redcliffe headspace to support youth mental Health

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14 February 2014

Redcliffe headspace To Support Youth Mental Health

Mental health services for young people in Redcliffe and across Brisbane’s north have received a boost with the opening of the headspace Redcliffe centre.

The centre was opened by the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton today.

Mr Dutton said the new facility would provide invaluable support services to young people aged 12 to 25 and their families in what can be a challenging time in their lives.

“Any young person who needs support, advice or just someone to talk to about mental health concerns, drug or alcohol issues or general health problems can simply walk into headspace Redcliffe and be treated with the respect, compassion and confidentiality they deserve,” Mr Dutton said.

The Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the Redcliffe area was growing at a faster rate than many other parts of Queensland.

“New youth mental health services such as those offered by, and coordinated through, headspace are vital,” Mr Howarth said.

The opening of headspace in Redcliffe forms part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving the lives of Australians with a mental illness and their families.

“The Australian Government is committed to mental health. As part of our commitment, we will fund an additional ten sites across the nation bringing the headspace network to 100,” Mr Dutton said.

“headspace Redcliffe is one of fifteen new centres nationally that will be operational in early 2014.

“A further fifteen sites and one outpost service will be operational from late 2014 with the final 15 sites will be announced progressively.

“Once all 100 headspace sites are fully operational, they will assist up to 80,000 young Australians each year.”

Established in 2006, the headspace program provides holistic care for young people aged 12 to 25 in four key areas: Mental health, related physical health, alcohol and other drug use, and social and vocational support.

The new headspace centre will be open 9.00am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Media Contact: John Wiseman - 0401 776 108