Some local headspace

HEALTH: Headspace Whyalla is set to launch on April 19, providing important mental support for young people.
HEALTH: Headspace Whyalla is set to launch on April 19, providing important mental support for young people.

Headspace Whyalla officially launches next Thursday, giving young people aged 12-25 access to youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing services in their local area.

Whyalla has been identified as an area of need for young people who may be experiencing a mental health issue. For many young people these issues can be exacerbated by living in a rural area.

A young person in Whyalla said ‘headspace helps support us with problems that we can’t deal with ourselves, and you shouldn’t have to deal with those things alone. I feel comfortable and safe being at headspace’.

Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace wants all young people to have access to youth friendly mental health services no matter where they live.

“It is exciting that the 102nd headspace centre is opening in Whyalla, giving the young people in the local community a place where they can get the support they need to get back on their feet and fulfill their potential,” he said.

Headspace Whyalla Centre Manager Andrea Triggs said staff and supporters of the new centre are looking forward to helping those in-need.

“The community of Whyalla has strongly advocated for a local youth mental health service for young people and their families to access support,” he said.

“Country and Outback Health is privileged to be able to provide this valued service to young people in Whyalla.”

The centre will provide young people, their families and friends support for mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs and work and study support.

In attendance at the launch will be Rowan Ramsey MP, CEO of Primary Health Network Kim Hosking, CEO of Country and Outback Health Zeico Skeldon along with Country and Outback Health board members.

The headspace model is based on early intervention with the knowledge that adolescence and early adulthood is a critical time in a person’s life.

Research shows that 75 per cent of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25.  By ensuring help is accessed in those early stages, young people can get things back on track.

If you, or someone you know, is going through a tough time, contact headspace Whyalla on 8641 4330. You can also find a number of online resources and factsheets at headspace.org.au.