Interim headspace services underway in Broken Hill as building works commence at Blende St centre

Mon May 22, 2017

headspace youth mental health support is up and running in Broken Hill as the countdown to a formal launch of the operational centre enters its final stages.

Building works are underway at 231 Blende Street, following a complex process obtaining development approvals and securing a builder.

The former water board premise is being reconfigured and fitted out internally, ensuring full headspace services can be delivered to young people from across Broken Hill and the Far West in a youth friendly environment.

The works will be completed as quickly as possible, ahead of a formal opening.

In the meantime consortium members behind the local headspace initiative have worked collaboratively to introduce interim services.

The interim services include youth mental health assessments and support, alcohol and drug support, vocation and education services as well as external referrals to other local services to help young people on their mental health recovery journey.

The interim headspace services will start in coming days, operating from the office of Flourish Australia - the Far West NSW headspace lead agency - at 142 Argent Street.

The interim services are about engaging with young local people at the earliest opportunity, ahead of full-scale services that will follow with the opening of the Blende Street centre.

Six full-time equivalent staff will work from the Broken Hill centre once it is finished, with the team growing to a total of about 20 professionals, from consortium organisations and private practitioners.

“headspace services are up and running in Broken Hill, and it’s been worth the wait,” Flourish Australia CEO Pam Rutledge said.

“Identifying, securing and preparing a suitable centre has taken slightly longer than expected, but the short delay is minor in the scheme of things.

“It’s encouraging that local people are already benefiting from interim headspace services, as we prepare to deliver the full suite of services from the Blende Street headspace centre.

“The site is centrally located making it easy for young people to get mental health support.”

“headspace is all about providing easy, seamless and discreet support to young people experiencing mental health issues.”

A Youth Reference Group has also been formed to provide ideas and guidance on how the service can best assist the region. Three members have been selected and meet regularly to provide youth-specific advice and guidance on the establishment of the centre. The group will have as many as 15 members once the Blende Street centre is launched.

Funded by the Western NSW Primary Health Network, the $1.6 million local headspace initiative brings together a range of tailor-made services for people aged from 12 to 25, including mental health and wellbeing support services, general medical support, vocational and educational services and alcohol and drug services.

headspace operates under a ‘no wrong door’ policy, meaning as many services as possible are offered to young people from one central location, under a one-stop-shop structure.

The consortium members and organisations that will bring skills and experience are:

  • LifeLine Broken Hill
  • Far West Local Health District
  • Neami National
  • Mission Australia
  • JobLinkPlus
  • Maari Ma
  • Nachiappan Medical Centre

ACON and other services will also provide assistance and support.

Young people wanting to access or obtain information on the interim headspace services can visit the Flourish Australia office at 142 Argent Street, or email headspace.brokenhill@flourishaustralia.org.au or call the office on (02) 9393 9515.

There are nearly 100 headspace centres across Australia, with more scheduled to open.

Media enquiries: Matthew Watson 0417 691 884

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 95 headspace centres (soon to be 100) and online and telephone counselling services. 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.

Flourish Australia is a not-for-profit organisation providing mental health support programs, accommodation and hope for more than 4,000 people across 64 locations in New South Wales and south east Queensland. Advocating community-based assistance, it is a leading mental health support provider that has been in operation for more than 61 years. Visit www.flourishaustralia.org.au

The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is one of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia established by the Australian Government to support frontline health services, including four headspace sites. Our focus is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of primary health care, ensuring people receive the right care in the right place at the right time. Visit www.wnswphn.org.au