headspace Caboolture is one of 40 headspace services in mainland Australia to receive a share of the Federal Government’s latest $152 million investment in the headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program. $593,210 will go to headspace services in Longman as part of a $26 million investment to ensure that young Queenslanders can access mental health services where and when they need them.
Federal Member for Longman Terry Young welcomed the grant, which will ensure better social and health outcomes for young locals. “headspace Caboolture has been experiencing high demand for services and this funding will help them expand their services and improve access to high quality, youth friendly and mental health support,” Mr Young said.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said one in four young Australians are affected by a mental illness every year. “The funding reinforces our Government’s strong commitment achieving better mental health for all Australians and will complement our record investment of $6.5 billion in mental health and suicide prevention services in 2021-22,” said Minister Hunt.
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, David Coleman, said headspace provides free or low cost youth-friendly support in four key areas, mental health, related physical health, substance misuse, and social and vocational support.
“headspace offers a safe, welcoming place where young people can get non-judgmental professional help and peer support, so they can tackle their challenges in a way that is right for them,” Assistant Minister Coleman said.
Over the next four years from 2021-22, the Government is investing $873.2 million in the national headspace network, this includes $758.2 million for the establishment of new services ongoing service delivery and enhancement of existing services.
Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through the headspace website, headspace.org.au/eheadspace, Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636), Lifeline (13 11 14), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health,www.headtohealth.gov.au.