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$1.5 for youth mental health in Cowper.

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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper


28 February, 2007

$1.5m For Youth Mental Health in Cowper The Nationals’ Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today welcomed the commitment of Australian Government funding to set up a local headspace youth service.

Mr Hartsuyker said the Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre would receive $1.5m from the Government’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation, known as headspace, for the project which will cover Nambucca, Coffs Harbour and Bellingen shires.

“With this funding, the consortium will create a local headspace youth service from a network of local GPs, mental health, drug and alcohol and vocational support services,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The result will be a health and mental health system in tune with the needs of young people with mental illness and one able to provide them with the variety of care they need.

“Mental health is a major concern for young people in this region and around the nation, but young people in distress often find it very difficult to seek help or to find it.

“This headspace service promises to be a breakthrough for young people and their families in my electorate who find themselves battling depression, anxiety, or other disorders.”

Sue Harvey, a youth worker with the Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre, said: “This project will make a huge difference to young people in this region. It will mean that we can take services out to young people on a regular basis and we can form relationships with them. This will be a truly youth-friendly service.”

Established as part of the Government’s 2005-06 Youth Mental Health Initiative, headspace aims to improve mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25 years in metropolitan, rural and remote areas.

The grant to Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre was one of 31 headspace grants totalling $15 million, announced by the Assistant Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne.