Boost for mental health early intervention services

On 16 March, $200,000 in new funding was announced for headspace to deliver ‘onespace’ sessions (solutions-based therapy) for young people aged 12 to 25.  Headspace supports young people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns and/or substance use issues, as well as their family and friends. Sessions are evidence-based, pragmatic and focus on young person’s current needs and concerns.

This service compliments other government funded mental health support for young Canberrans such as the ACT Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Liaison Service, who have a strong working partnership with headspace.

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said: “Mental illness and substance use disorders are some of the most serious health problems in the ACT and are experienced by an estimated one in four young Canberrans each year. We know that early access to mental health support can make all the difference, particularly for young people. This new funding will enable headspace counsellors to see more people, reducing wait times and ensure more young Canberrans have access to this important service when they need it most.’

For further information on headspace services, visit: headspace.org.au.