The Federal Government will establish a new headspace service in Narellan to provide additional mental health support for young people in the region.
headspace is the Government’s flagship health programme for young Australians aged 12 - 25. It offers highly effective free or low-cost support for mental health, physical and sexual health, work and study, and alcohol and other drug use.
The new centre, funded in the 2021-22 Budget as part of the Government’s $2.3 billion National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan, will ensure that young people in Narellan and surrounding areas can access the vital support they need to support their mental health and wellbeing.
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said that the new centre would be a critical resource for the young people of Narellan and surrounding suburbs.
“After the challenges of the last few years, looking after our mental health is more important than ever. By providing easy access to expert support in a confidential, welcoming environment, this new headspace centre will play an essential role in keeping the young people in our community safe and well.”
South Western Sydney Primary Health Network will receive ongoing funding of more than $1 million per year from 2022-23 for the centre.
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).