Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler has announced a new headspace mental health centre for the Tweed Valley.
Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler has announced a new headspace mental health centre for the Tweed Valley. Cathy Adams

Headspace Tweed to tackle youth mental health

NEW youth mental health services have been announced for the Tweed.

The headspace service centre will support young people dealing with depression, substance abuse and other mental health issues.

Federal Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler, said the centre will provide young people with a holistic health service where they feel welcome and comfortable.

"We know that 1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health issue this year, making it the single biggest issue facing young Australians," Mr Butler said. "However, three-quarters of these 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. "With the right early interventions we can give young people a better future and help them fully participate in the social and economic life of our community."Mr Butler said the headspace centres have a proven track record of improving the circumstances of young people with mental health issues.

"An astonishing 92 per cent of young people have reported improvements in their mental health after using the headspace service," he said.For more information about the national headspace program, see http://www.headspace.org.au.

Tweed will not be the only headspace centre rolled out, with another 14 sites to be opened across Australia, including Sydney, Dubbo and Logan.

If you are suffering from mental health issues get help by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.



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