Young people in Wyong and surrounds will now have easier access to mental health services with the opening of a new headspace satellite service this week.
The new service was announced as a satellite service as part of the Australian Government’s $30 million funding commitment to establish 10 new or expanded headspace services.
The new service is located at 28 Hely Street, Wyong, and has been commissioned by the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (PHN) to meet the needs of young people in the community.
The headspace network is at the heart of the Government’s vision for youth primary mental health services. This service will allow young people in the Wyong region to access vital mental health services.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said young people have been affected significantly by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and access to mental health services and support was more important than ever.
“We know that the pandemic and the measures taken to contain it have been incredibly difficult and stressful for many Australians, and particularly younger Australians. That is why we are prioritising mental health support, ensuring that young people have access to care to help them recover and reach their full potential as we reopen the country,” Minister Hunt said.
“headspace is recognised by young people, their families and communities as a trusted source of care and has played a vital role in ensuring that young Australians have been to continue to receive support during this extraordinary time.”
“Over the next four years, the Government is investing $873.2 million in headspace, bolstering capacity to reduce wait times and undertaking the single largest expansion of the network to deliver 164 services by 2025-26”
“This will ensure that young Australians have young people the support they need at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.”
headspace offers early intervention services across four key areas—mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.
Senator for New South Wales, Jim Molan, welcomed the announcement, saying the centre would help support those in Wyong and beyond.
“I want our young people in Wyong to know they are not alone on their journey to good mental health,” Senator Molan said.
“headspace is here to deliver quality frontline support and ensure the best possible care for people who are at risk.”
“Since March 2020, our Government has made available more than $1 billion in funding to respond to the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a substantial investment in telehealth services, to ensure young people in Wyong and beyond can receive the support they need.”
Services are co-designed with young people to ensure they are relevant, accessible and highly effective.
The Morrison Government has also invested a historic $2.3 billion in the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan through the 2020-21 Budget to deliver significant reform of the mental health system and ensure that all Australians have access to high quality, person-centred care as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This brings health portfolio expenditure in mental health and suicide prevention services and supports in 2021–22 to a record high of $6.5 billion.
Young Australians needing support can access free services through their local headspace or online through eheadspace (https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/).
Australians looking for support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic can access the Beyond Blue Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service any time via telephone at 1800 512 348 or online at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au.
Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).
People seeking help in NSW can also call the dedicated Head to Health number (1800 595 212), talk to a mental health professional and be triaged through this service and directed to the most appropriate care according to their individual needs.