The Federal Government has committed to helping improve the mental health of young people living in the Mt Barker and Victor Harbor region with a $3 million expansion of the local headspace service.
The Morrison Government will provide $800,000 in 2018/19 to set up the satellite centres, then a further $760,000 annually from 2019/20 to run the service for three years.
The two areas have been identified as high risk for youth mental health issues with both Mt Barker and Victor Harbor showing an above average age standardized suicide rate.
Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said it’s vital that young people have a place to turn when they are experiencing mental health issues or related life problems.
“Headspace is proven and effective, matching the real life problems that many young people face in mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drug use, and school or work,” Senator Ruston said.
“The Country SA Primary Health Network had identified The Mount Barker and Victor Harbor regions as areas of high need for youth mental health services.
“This funding will directly benefit these local communities.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Morrison Government continues to expand the headspace network, as part of its ongoing commitment to improving mental health services for all Australians.
“We are supporting headspace services with more than $96 million funding this year to improve the mental health and wellbeing of tens of thousands of young ustralians,” Minister Hunt said.
“Our government’s strong economic management ensures we continue to invest record amounts of funding into vital health initiatives.”