23 June, 2021

Boosting headspace services for young Australians

The Morrison Government is providing $593,210 for headspace services in Longman as part of our $26 million investment to ensure that young people can access mental health services where they need them and when they need them.

Member for Longman Terry Young and Headspace Caboolture manager Myf Pitcher.
Member for Longman Terry Young and Headspace Caboolture manager Myf Pitcher.

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.

“This funding is in addition to the Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said one in four young Australians are affected by a mental illness every year.

“Many young people have also been substantially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it more important than ever to ensure access to youth mental health services,” Minister Hunt said.

“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.”

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.

40 headspaces services located in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory will benefit from grants of up to $1.8 million each.

The grants are part of the Government’s $152 million investment in the headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program, to reduce wait times and make capital improvements.

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.


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