Young people on the South Coast will soon benefit from improvements to their local headspace youth mental health centre, with the Federal Government providing $1.2 million in funding to Batemans Bay headspace.
This funding is being provided under the headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Grant Opportunity and will go towards reducing wait times for local young people seeking support.
Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP says this will go a long way towards supporting local young people who need mental health support.
“Right now, demand for mental health support is at an all-time high across Australia,” Mrs Phillips said.
“We know that, particularly in our region following years of drought, bushfires, floods and the pandemic, many local young people are struggling.”
“I have fought long and hard for this headspace to be built and delivered quickly in the wake of the bushfires to give young people in the Batemans Bay area access to these essential mental health services.”
“I am serious about improving access to local health and mental health services and this funding is welcome news for our teenagers and young adults who deserve to have the care they need when they need it, close to home,” Fiona Phillips said.
The funding is part of a wider $44 million announcement for 57 headspace services across Australia under the headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Grant Opportunity.
The funding will help improve demand management at headspace services, increase access and reduce wait times for young people in need of support, and enhance the quality of experience at headspace.
This round includes $27 million to reduce wait times at 31 headspace centres around the country, and another $17 million to improve buildings and equipment at 38 headspace centres.
Australia is currently experiencing a record surge in demand for mental health support, particularly among young Australians, and the Federal Government is working to ensure they have the support they need.
Above: Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips MP and Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, the Hon Emma McBride MP at Batemans Bay headspace.