The Hon. Michelle Landry MP
Federal Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care
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Young people in Sarina and surrounds will now have easier access to mental health services with the opening of a new headspace satellite service this week.
The new service, located at 1/71 Broad Street, Sarina, was announced as part of the Morrison Government’s $111.3 million funding commitment to establish 30 new headspace services.
Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry welcomed the announcement and said the service would be very well received.
“I want our young people in Sarina to know they are not alone on their journey,” Ms Landry said.
“headspace is here to deliver quality frontline support and ensure the best possible care for people who are at risk.”
“We know intervention at the earliest possible stage is important to reduce the duration and impact of mental illness, so I encourage young people in our community to reach out for the help they need.”
The new service forms part of the Morrison Government’s $111.3 million funding commitment to establish 30 new headspace services across Australia.
The headspace program aims to improve access for young people aged 12 to 25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness.
One in four people aged 16 to 24 experiences some form of mental illness every year, and three-quarters of all mental illness manifests in people under the age of 25.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said young people have been affected significantly by the impacts of COVID-19, and access to mental health services and support was more important than ever.
“There are more pressures on young people today than ever before and the expansion of headspace will be vitally important in providing services in Sarina,” Minister Hunt said.
“I am committed to ensuring young Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.”
headspace offers early intervention services across four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.
Services provide tailored and holistic mental health support, working closely with young people at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.
Services are co-designed with young people to ensure they are relevant, accessible and highly effective.
The Morrison Government continues to demonstrate its firm commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians, providing a record investment in mental health services and support in the 2021-22 Budget of an additional $2.3 billion, including a further $278.6 million to enhance and expand the headspace network.
The Government’s record investments bring the total annual health portfolio expenditure on mental health service and support to an estimated $6.3 billion in 2021-22 alone – an increase of around 90 per cent since 2012-13.