Youth services opens

YOUNG people in Busselton will have better access to mental health support services with the launch of Relationships Australia WA incorporating a headspace satellite service.

The new centre is located on 71 Kent Street opposite St Joseph’s Church, and is the start of headspace operating five days a week in Busselton.

The mental health services were established with the support of Forrest MP Nola Marino, through the Federal Government’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

headspace in Busselton will provide specialist early intervention mental health and wellbeing services for young people aged 12 to 25.

Relationships Australia WA chief executive officer Terri Reilly said headspace offered vital free access to a range of specialist mental health workers including GP’s, counsellors, psychologists and social workers.

In addition, Relationships Australia Busselton would offer extended services with education and counselling to families, couples and individuals through several specialist programs.

Ms Reilly said Relationships Australia worked across a range of different areas including specific services to provide mental health support to young people and their families.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said it was important to provide early support services to young people and their families – something best achieved when services were close by.

“We know mental health is a complex challenge with many impacts, and helping people to deal with that without the stress of having to travel long distances from home, is incredibly important,” she said.

headspace chief executive officer Jason Trethowan said it was essential these young people had the right support available to them.

“headspace wants any young person going through a tough time to have access to youth-friendly mental health services, no matter where they live.

Ms Marino fought to get headspace in Busselton and her next mission was to bring a headspace service to Margaret River.

“Mental health is such a big issue in the South West,” Mrs Marino said. “I am pleased young people of Busselton and surrounding towns have access to this vital service.

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail.