headspace centre officially launches in Bankstown

Fri Jul 24, 2015

More young people from Bankstown and surrounding areas are being encouraged to visit the new local headspace centre, which formally launches today.

The centre will be launched by key stakeholders and some of the young people involved in the establishment of the centre.

Having opened to the public in March, the centre has already assisted more than 100 local young people aged between 12 and 25 with mental health support and counselling and general health, education, employment and alcohol and drug services.

The number of people to be assisted is expected to increase now that services are bedded down and staff have established a robust operational pattern.

The Centre is managed by RichmondPRA, which is lead agency for many other organisations involved.

“It’s encouraging that young people from the Bankstown community have embraced headspace at this early stage,” RichmondPRA Chief Executive Officer, Pamela Rutledge said,

headspace is all about addressing mental health issues early so that young people can get on with their lives.

“Our feeling is that we’ve made extraordinary inroads having assisted so many young people already, particularly those from the many cultural backgrounds represented in the Bankstown area.”

headspace Bankstown Clinical and Operations Manager and Psychologist Tom Traae says feedback from people visiting the centre so far has been pleasing.

“Our door is open to young people aged 12 to 25, who can simply walk in or call us to make an appointment,” Mr Traae said.

“We also work with families to help them understand what their child is going through.

“A key to our early success is providing an environment where young people can be heard and helped in a discreet and relaxed manner.”

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, with research showing that 75% of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25. By ensuring help is accessed in those early stages, young people can get things back on track.

headspace CEO Chris Tanti said the new centre is extending the important early intervention work of headspace around the country.

“Since 2006 more than 120,000 young people have come to headspace for support,” Mr Tanti said.

“We’re continuing to help thousands of young people through our centres and our online and telephone counselling service eheadspace.”

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@richmondpra.org.au. For online information visit www.headspace.org.au.

headspace Bankstown is supported by The Black Dog Institute, South West Sydney Local Health District, Break Thru People Solutions, Family Planning NSW, Medicare Local, Aftercare, New Horizons, and Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre.

 

EDITOR NOTE:

Media outlets are invited to attend the headspace Bankstown opening at 2.00pm on Friday 24 July, at 41-45 Rickard Road, Bankstown.

 

Media enquiries:

headspace Bankstown: Matthew Watson - 0417 691 884

headspace national: Jane Thomas - 0438 386 432 - jthomas@headspace.org.au

 

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 more than 80 headspace centres (soon to be 100) and online and telephone counselling service eheadspace.

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