While discussing the announcement of a new Headspace facility in Whyalla, Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the mental health unit would be a ‘safe’ place for many youths away from the issues they face in everyday life.
“It’s away from school, from the other people in their life that might be causing them issues, once they’re in that space they can get professional help...it’s kind of like Headspace is Theirspace,” Mr Ramsey said.
“It’s a very important facility, it’s a way of connecting.”
Mr Ramsey announced on Tuesday that a new Headspace facility will be placed in Whyalla should the Turnbull government be re-elected.
Mr Ramsey said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ to get confirmation of funding for the new mental health service.
Headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
Councillor Claire McLaughlin originally contacted Mr Ramsey last year to push for a Headspace facility in Whyalla.
“Because of all the job losses and concern in Whyalla, that really impacts on a younger generation because they can see that Mum and Dad are concerned,” Mr Ramsey said.
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that 10 Headspace facilities around Australia and one of them will be in Whyalla.”
“People were taking their children up to Port Augusta to access the facility there, for some it’s in the realm of possibility to travel but for a lot of people its not within their reach.”
Cr McLaughlin said the benefits Port Augusta’s Headspace prompted her to push for a unit in Whyalla.
“It is a great service that would be so well utilised in Whyalla for our youth, I know that some parts of our youth sector do have challenges,” she said.
“Headspace offers care in the areas of physical health, mental health, sexual health, and work and study support, I just believe that the youth of Whyalla would benefit so much from having a facility here.”
Acting Mayor Tom Antonio said the announcement was ‘brilliant news’ and demonstrated the positive work done by the council with the federal government.
“I really thank Rowan Ramsey for the work he has done with Claire McLaughlin to bring this facility to the table,” he said.
Primary Country Healthcare Network CEO Kim Hosking provided 50 per cent of the funding required for the facility.
The new facility would be apart of 110 Headspace units Australia-wide, servicing over 80,000 clients.
Both the federal government and the council are identifying a location.