Funding To Improve Youth Mental Health Services in Pearce
Posted on Friday, 16 March 2007
The Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP, today welcomed the announcement of a Government grant of $35,000 through the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, entitled headspace.
A consortium of health organisations in Pearce will receive the grant to improve services for local young people with mental health problems. Funding of $15 million is being allocated to communities across Australia through the initiative.
The consortium, Youth Focus Inc based in Burswood, is one of 21 community groupings around the nation to receive funding from headspace to enable it to develop a ‘headspace Youth Service’ in the region. Residents living in the northern suburbs of Perth (near Joondalup) including several in Pearce such as Clarkson, Butler, Merriwa & Mindarie will benefit from the funding.
Grants of up to $1.5 million each will be provided to 10 communities now, through the first round of funding.
Ms Moylan said when that groundwork was completed, Youth Focus Inc would be able to apply for a major grant to set up the new youth mental health service, in the second round of headspace funding to be advertised shortly.
Ms Moylan says headspace was established last year as a cornerstone of the Government’s 2005-06 Youth Mental Health Budget initiative.
“The headspace initiative will help young people with mental health and related substance use problems to get the help that they need,” she said.
“Mental health is a major concern for young people in the Electorate and across Australia. One in four young people aged 12 to 25 will experience a mental health problem in any 12-month period.
“The headspace youth services will integrate and coordinate mental health services, including GPs, psychiatrists and drug and alcohol counsellors in a network which is focused on young people.
“The Government is determined to improve the services available for Australians with mental illness wherever they live and whatever their age and this grant is part of that commitment.”