Boosting headspace services for young Queenslanders
The Morrison Government is providing more than $4.6 million for headspace services across Queensland as part of a broader $26 million investment to ensure young Australians can access mental health services where and when they need them.
Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Assistant Minister for Women, Senator Amanda Stoker welcomed the grant, which will ensure better social and health outcomes for young Queenslanders.
“Headspace in Woolloongabba, Taringa, Toowoomba, Caboolture and Cairns have been experiencing high demand for services and this funding will help them expand their services and improve access to high quality, youth-friendly mental health support,” Senator Stoker said.
“One in four young Australians are affected by a mental illness every year, and young people have been substantially affected by the pandemic, making it more important than ever to ensure access to mental health services.”
“The funding reinforces the Morrison 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.”
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.”
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.
Authorised by Senator the Hon Amanda Stoker, Liberal National Party, Queensland
Over the next four years, 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.
Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through headspace (https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636), Lifeline (13 11 14), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health (www.headtohealth.gov.au).
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