Federal funding welcomed

THE team at headspace Busselton have welcomed the recent $51.8 million federal government funding announcement.

Centre manager Marie Eckersley said it had been a relief to hear the news with the demand for services increasing each year.

“Headspace is not just about counselling services it provides a range of support services including helping young people gain employment, increase their mental health awareness and physical activity, and improving relationships,” she said.

“The funding I’m hoping we will receive, will go into expanding our clinical services, being able to put on more allied health staff, which would help decrease wait times because the demand has increased significantly – it just keeps going up.” Forrest MP Nola Marino said the funding backed quality frontline support for young people.

“It is essential that Australians can get information, advice, understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it,” she said.

“This funding boost will help headspace meet the increasing demands for their services, today and in coming years.

“Within our funding injection for headspace, $39 million will go towards services and staff while $12.8 million will ensure headspace National can continue to run eheadspace so young people can access support when they need it.” The additional investment is on top of the $95.7 million per year the federal government had already committed to 107 headspace centres.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail