Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Young people from across East Gippsland will be able to access mental health support easier and closer to home under an elected Liberal Nationals Government Headspace outreach program.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland East Tim Bull said the Bairnsdale Headspace facility is great for the community and used by many, however people from outlying areas had trouble accessing the services simply due to distance.
“That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will provide $1.14 million in grants over four years for outreach services to communities in regional areas,” Mr Bull said.
“Headspace is a safe space for young people to come and talk about what they’re going through and these grants will mean we can provide more opportunities to do this.
“Programs could include social events for young people or regular services in communities without a permanent Headspace location.
“These grants will make sure young Victorians have access to important mental health services – regardless of where they live.”
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy said these new outreach services will make sure young people can get the help they need, close to home.
“Headspace has had great success in engaging youth with mental health and drug and alcohol problems, but we can do better in Victoria to support our young people,” Ms Kealy said.
“We must make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need – regardless of where they live.”
Headspace is a critical support network for Victorians aged 12 to 25 in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
Thursday, October 25, 2018