Of that $51.8million, $12.8million will go to the online service eheadspace – an online counselling service for those living in rural or remote areas, the rest will be used to improve services at the 107 existing Headspace centres. Currently the Federal Government contributes nearly $100million to the mental health service provider. In Australia, one in four has a mental health issue so this funding will certainly ease pressure for the organisation, though demand for the service has increased in recent years.
Samuel King, the Headspace youth ambassador, hopes more Headspace centres will be established in the regional areas soon. He says, "Depression can almost be like a cloud that surrounds you, quite foggy, you can't really see ahead of you."
"The second I go into that centre [Headspace], because there's just so many young people around and everyone's so friendly there, it immediately lifted me.
"It's that first step that's really, really important."
If you or anyone you know needs help:
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890
QLife on 1800 184 527
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* This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Call Mermaid Central Medical Clinic on (07) 5575 2444 or visit the website www.mermaidcentralmedicalclinic.com.au to make an appointment.