Young people on the South Coast and in the Adelaide Hills will next year gain access to improved mental health assistance thanks to Australian Government funding for new headspace satellite services in Victor Harbor and Mount Barker.
Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said the Government had identified the need for improved mental health services across the board in Mayo.
“I’ve been working with the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, on implementing my three-stage mental health plan since we visited a range of local stakeholders together in July,” Ms Downer said.
“This announcement of $800,000 to set up new headspace satellite services at Victor Harbor and Mount Barker, with ongoing annual funding of $380,000 for each site, means the third element of the plan will soon be in place.
“The first stage is already underway, with $1.2 million being made available for additional psychological services treating conditions like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder in the region, including Kangaroo Island. The second element is ensuring the electorate benefits from the Australian Government’s $20 million drug and alcohol rehabilitation funding for regional Australia.”
Ms Downer said the headspace satellite services—to be run as subsidiaries of the existing Headspace centre in Murray Bridge—will be available to help 12-25 year-olds.
“Our region has been identified as an area with a high need for youth mental health services,” she said. “The age standardised suicide rate on the Fleurieu Peninsula was 16.7 per 100,000 people from 2013-17 compared to the national rate of 12.1 per 100,000. In the Adelaide Hills it was 14.1 per 100,000.
“Headspace is a proven model for delivering effective services to young people in areas like mental health, related physical health, alcohol and other drug issues, and vocational services.
“This is a great outcome for young people in Mayo as the Australian Government works to expand the headspace network, investing more than $96 million this year alone.”