HEADSPACE OPENS IN WHYALLA
Posted on Friday, 27 April, 2018
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey officially launched the new Whyalla Headspace today during South Australia Youth
Week, saying that the facility
will enable the region’s young people access to support through a wide range of
“This day has been a while in the making. I began
campaigning for this facility almost three years ago and today to be here
participating in its opening is a great thrill,” Mr Ramsey said. ”I have had
many allies here in Whyalla in securing the funding for the unit, but in
particular I would like to thank Cr Clair McLachlan for supplying the initial
spark for me to pursue.
“And Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, who is unable
to attend today, but sends his best wishes, has been extremely supportive in ensuring
a Whyalla headspace becomes reality.”
Augusta headspace has been providing access
to mental health services, councilling and most importantly a safe drop-in spot
for teenagers and young
adults for five years.
is exciting that Whyalla’s
young people will now have the same level of support.
are well aware of the damage being caused to our young people by drugs in
general and ice in particular which are contributing greatly mental health
strains and insecurity. headspace will make a difference. With one in four young Australians currently
experiencing a mental health condition it is so important to talk about what is
going on and seek support early.
“Like physical conditions, mental health
conditions can be managed. With the right support and treatment, young people
can achieve their goals and enjoy life.
“This is a terrific facility and has a great feel. New
and modern it is my hope that it will act as a magnet to those who need help.”
Australian Government has provided more than $1.7 million over two years for Headspace Whyalla, through the Country
SA Primary Health Network (PHN).
provides free or low-cost holistic care in person and online to young people aged
12 to 25 years in four key areas – mental health, related physical health,
alcohol and other drug use, and social and vocational support.
at an early stage is important to reduce the duration and impact of mental
health conditions which is why the Australian Government has expanded the
headspace network. Whyalla is the 102nd headspace to open nationally.
All of the
new services are in rural and regional areas, like Whyalla, where young people
previously had little access to free or low cost mental health support.
mental health services is a central pillar of the Government’s Long Term Health
Plan. We are supporting headspace services with more than $93.7 million funding
this year, to support the
mental health and wellbeing of tens of thousands of young Australians,” Mr
a key part of the Australian Government’s mental health reforms, PHNs across
Australia now have responsibility for providing federally-funded primary level
mental health services, including headspace, within their regions.”
headspace received $906,600 to support the early delivery of services this
financial year. In 2018-19 it will receive $842,000.
PHN also funds headspace services at Berri, Mount Gambier, and Port Augusta. The
lead agency for headspace Whyalla, Country and Outback Health, also operates
headspace Port Augusta.
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
April 19, 2018