A NEW headspace centre will be built in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region, providing mental health services to young people in the region.
Funding of $450,000 to establish the centre and $1 million a year for services was announced by Minister for Health and Flinders MP Greg Hunt on Monday.
The Bass Coast and South Gippsland headspace will now begin a planning phase, which will also include determining an exact location, with services expected to be available within 12 months.
‘headspace’ offers early intervention for 12 to 25-year olds in four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support and alcohol and other drug use.
The new centre will be aimed at young people from Wonthaggi, Phillip Island, Foster, Leongatha and Korumburra and the surrounding districts, and is part of $28.9 million funding for 10 new headspace services in regional and rural communities, bringing the total number of centres to 110 by 2019.
Mr Hunt said young people in the local area face many challenges and this new service will provide a significant boost of support.
“There are more pressures on young people today than ever before and the establishment of this headspace is so important in providing needed services in our region,” he said.
“Early intervention is absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues and headspace will deliver front-line services and coordinate the right interventions for at-risk young people.
“I am committed to ensuring young Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.”