Two new mental health services will launch in Busselton next year, which will benefit young people who live in the lower South West.
Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino, said there is a significant need for community-based mental health services for young people in the lower South West.
“Approximately $500,000 in funding will support a youth psychosis South West Youth Mental Health, service and a satellite youth mental health headspace service based in Busselton but with the hub being the existing centre in Bunbury,” Mrs Marino said.
“The South West has the most rapidly growing population of any country region in Western Australia, with more than 11 per cent of the population in the Busselton Local Government Area between the ages of 15 to 24, a relatively high proportion of young people.
“Being able to provide local services such as these is vital to ensuring our youth can access appropriate support, without the additional barriers of distance and travel.
“The new services are holistic, person-centred and recovery focused. They will change the lives of many young people and result in a range of positive outcomes for youth and their families who are experiencing emerging or existing mental health issues.”
One of the two services is South West Youth Mental Health, which provides help for young people with severe and complex mental health conditions, and first episode of psychosis.
headspace centres provides easy access to health workers for people aged 12 to 25 (and their families), including GP's, psychologists, social workers, alcohol and drug workers, counsellors, vocational workers and youth workers.
The new headspace satellite service in Busselton will operate three days a week, one of which will be after-hours. Young people can be referred to the program by their GP, a mental health professional, or by self-referral.