Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP today inspected the Headspace Centre that will open in Bankstown on 23 March 2015.
Headspace provides health advice, support and information on mental health issues, substance abuse, depression and social and vocational support for young people aged 12-25.
“1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health issue this year. It the single biggest issue facing young Australians,” Mr Clare said.
“Three-quarters of these young people aren’t receiving the professional help they need because of a lack of access to youth-specific mental health services or because they don’t know who to turn to.
“This is very important. It is the first time we will have this service in Bankstown. Until now young people in our local community had to travel to Parramatta or Campbelltown to access mental health services. Now they will be able get the help they need right here in Bankstown.”
Mr Clare announced that Bankstown would be home to a new Headspace centre during the 2013 election campaign as part of the former Labor Government’s mental health package, which invested in 90 Headspace sites across the country.
For more information about the national Headspace program, see www.headspace.org.au.
Issued: 13 March 2015
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