Centre to address youth mental health needs
The centre, called Headspace, will be in Port Augusta, and will offer a free, confidential service for people aged between 12 and 25.
The Federal Government says it should be operational by the end of the year.
The acting CEO of the Medicare Local, Leeann Harbridge, says the centre will initially focus on Port Augusta, before branching out in the region.
“In the first 12 months of the Headspace in Port Augusta we’ll be concentrating on the Port Augusta youth,” she said.
“National Headspace has given us a clear understanding that we are to work with the National Headspace Centre if we are to think about rolling out to the other centres in Upper Spencer Gulf.”
Headspace’s head of clinical programs, Liz Burgat, says on average one-in-four people in the age group need to access mental health services across Australia.
“These centres look to open a range of services, they aim to open a one-stop shop for young people,” she said.
“So anyone that’s got a problem maybe with relationship issues or bullying or they may be a bit depressed or perhaps drug and alcohol use, they can walk into a Headspace centre and get some help.”