headspace Bankstown tops 5,000 occasions of youth mental health service

Thu May 11, 2017

In just over two years of operation headspace Bankstown has proved a winner by helping more than 700 young people with their mental health needs, on 5,400 separate occasions.

headspace Bankstown has also seen individuals in need of help return eight times on average, proving that the service is essential to local young people.

Significantly, about half of all young people receiving help from headspace Bankstown are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, making the centre an Australian leader when it comes to making a difference in multicultural communities.

Having started with just five clinicians in March 2015, headspace Bankstown now has a team of 20 clinicians providing mental health support to local young people aged from 12 to 25 years.

Services include mental health support, education and employment services, as well as alcohol and drug support. The centre’s GP focusses on mental, sexual and general health.

“The local headspace centre has been an invaluable addition to youth mental health services in the Bankstown area, providing services to young people who would otherwise miss out on early intervention support” headspace Bankstown Clinical and Operations Manager Tom Traae said.

“So much work has gone into the operation and it says a lot that young people are making the most of what’s on offer.

“We’re all about easy access to services and ensuring that young people get the right help at the right time.

“It’s particularly pleasing that our culturally informed and trained team members have made the recovery journeys of culturally and linguistically diverse young people much easier.”

Mr Traae added that young people from any area can simply walk into the headspace centre, or phone, be referred by their family or GP or connect on social media such as Facebook. The assistance journey is hasslefree.

“The more young people we help, the more lives we change,” Mr Traae said.

“That’s why we want as many young people who are or think they may be experiencing mental health issues to drop in or make contact with us.”

Flourish Australia Chief Executive Officer Pamela Rutledge said the benefits of headspace went beyond helping individuals.

“Changing the lives of young people with mental health issues has flow-on effects right across the community,” Ms Rutledge said.

“Services such as those offered at headspace can save young people ending up in hospitals or using drugs to cope with daily life.

headspace is all about early intervention – getting on top of mental health issues before they get more problematic.”

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% of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. By ensuring help is accessed in those early stages, young people can get things back on track.

Young people wanting to make contact with headspace Bankstown on behalf of themselves or someone else can drop in, phone on 9393 9669 or email headspace.bankstown@flourishaustralia.org.au. For online information visit www.headspace.org.au.

headspace Bankstown is operated by Flourish Australia as the lead agency and supported by its partners The Black Dog Institute, South West Sydney Local Health District, Canterbury Bankstown City Council, Salvation Army, Aftercare, New Horizons, One Door Mental Health, and Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre.

About headspace

The primary focus of headspace is the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians. headspace helps 12– 25 year olds going through a tough time through a national network of 99 headspace centres as well as online and telephone counselling service.

headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006.

Visit headspace.org.au to find a headspace centre or access help.

headspace Bankstown details:
41-45 Rickard Road, Bankstown, NSW 2200
Phone: 02 9393 9669
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Media enquiries:
Bankstown: Tom Traae - 0408 401 343
Flourish Australia: Matthew Watson - 0417 691 884