CATHERINE KING MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE
JULIE COLLINS MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FLYNN
LABOR WILL ESTABLISH A HEADSPACE IN EMERALD
A Shorten Labor Government will create a new headspace centre in Emerald to deliver early intervention mental health services for those aged 12 to 25 years.
Labor knows that the level of mental ill health amongst young people across the Central Highlands region is of persistent and increasing concern.
The establishment of a new Emerald headspace has broad support across the community with over a thousand people signing a petition in support of this vital service.
The campaign has been driven by the Central Highlands Suicide Prevention Group and has received strong support from the local council, local schools, Queensland Health, and other community groups.
Labor’s establishment of a headspace forms an important part of our Central Highlands health announcement, which will see significant investments in the nearby Emerald and Blackwater hospitals.
Labor acknowledges, values and respects the amazing and tireless work undertaken by youth mental health professionals. However, we know that more early intervention services are needed.
When a young person is experiencing mental ill health and they are attempting to seek help, there is a small window to intervene and help them and their loved ones. For many young people, these services are not easily accessible.
By creating a dedicated headspace centre in Emerald, Labor will help ensure that when young people put their hand up, say they are not well and they need help, services are available and accessible.
headspace Emerald will also promote young peoples’ wellbeing across mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.
Our announcement builds on Labor’s strong history of supporting and expanding headspace, including our recent announcements to open 3 new headspaces in Burnie, Monash and Ocean Grove.
When Labor was in Government, we increased the number of headspace sites by investing almost $200 million to bring the total number of headspace centres to 90. Labor also expanded the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre services that are delivered by headspace.
Labor continues to take action on youth mental health because it is the right thing to do – for our young people, their families and the broader community.
* For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Other services include Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467, Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636, Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800, MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
FRIDAY, 8 MARCH 2019