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Headspace coup for Horsham

READY FOR MOVE: From left, Janine Harfield, Wimmera Health Care Group, Josh Koenig, Wimmera Uniting Care, Jo-Anne Bates, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Caleb Lourensz, Grampians Community Health and Steph Purcell, Wimmera Uniting Care prepare for the arrival of Headspace Horsham. Picture: KELLY LAIRD

READY FOR MOVE: From left, Janine Harfield, Wimmera Health Care Group, Josh Koenig, Wimmera Uniting Care, Jo-Anne Bates, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Caleb Lourensz, Grampians Community Health and Steph Purcell, Wimmera Uniting Care prepare for the arrival of Headspace Horsham. Picture: KELLY LAIRD

Young people in the Wimmera experiencing mental-health problems will have access to the nation’s leading support service by the end of the year.

Headspace Horsham, to be in a former Dick Smith building on Hamilton Street, Horsham, will open its doors to the public shortly after Christmas.

Refurbishment works on the building are scheduled to begin next month.

Wimmera Uniting Care is the lead agency for the project, in a consortium which includes Ballarat Health Services, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Grampians Community Health, Skillinvest, Tristar Medical Group, Wimmera Health Care Group, Goolum Goolum and Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN.

Headspace is part of National Youth Mental Health Foundation’s approach to providing early intervention mental-health services for 12 to 25-year-olds, as well as promoting young people’s wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

The centre will provide information and services for young people, their families and friends, along with access to health professionals, online counselling services via eheadspace, and a postvention suicide-support program.

Wimmera Uniting Care chief executive Wendy Sturgess said headspace Horsham was a coup for the region and would go a long way to addressing many key issues for youth in the region.

“One in four young people have experienced a mental-health issue in the past 12 months – a higher prevalence than all other age groups,” she said.

“Alarmingly, suicide is the leading cause of death of young people, accounting for one third of all deaths.”

Ms Sturgess said research showed 75 percent of mental-health issues emerged before the age of 25.

“Treating these issues early and providing a holistic model of support greatly reduces the risk of mental-health issues developing into more serious problems later,” she said. “I would also like to think that this early intervention approach will also go a long way to addressing other problems in our region including youth homelessness, unemployment and the staggering rate of teenage pregnancies.”

Recruitment for a centre manager is underway, while Wimmera Uniting Care will advertise further positions in the coming months.

Consortium members will provide in-kind support services, ensuring the centre has a range of expertise available on-site.

There are Headpsace centres across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia.

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Posted on Sep 28 2016

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