Centre Alliance Candidate for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has launched a campaign to bring Headspace, the specialist youth mental health service, to the South Coast.
Following advocacy work by Ms Sharkie while the Member for Mayo, Country Health SA set up a satellite Headspace in Mt Barker which services the Southern Fleurieu but Ms Sharkie says with so many young people in the region falling through the cracks, more needs to be done to support 12 to 25 year old’s where it comes to their mental health.
“Through my office’s dealings with health groups we know that one in five young people in Australia suffer from a serious mental illness, that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people and that for every young person who takes their own life there are up to 200 suicide attempts.
“We need to act to address this as a community and we need to work to bring a true shop front ‘headspace’ to this area.
“I know the Mount Barker ‘headspace’ outreach visits the South Coast but it’s clear we need more. We need a permanent presence.
“When I was the Member I worked with my Hills-based youth advisory group, Young Mayo, to petition and advocate for a ‘headspace’ in that region and I want to do the same with the young people on the South Coast.”
If you are experiencing mental health issues, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit beyondblue.org.au.