A healthy partnership
WITH mental health issues in young people continuing to be a concern, a partnership between Armadale Health Service and headspace Armadale that offers support and help is proving to be as important as ever.
Statistics show that one in five people will experience a mental illness each year but only 50 per cent of those will ask for help. There are numbers the two organisations have been working to address, especially among Armadale’s 12 to 25-year-olds.
As part of the partnership, the health service provides a psychiatrist to headspace once a fortnight, a practice consultant psychiatrist Lawrence Woo said was all about making the young person feel as comfortable as possible.
“By providing access to a psychiatrist within a userfriendly, community-based service tailored to their mental health needs, young adults can feel more comfortable to access mental health help,” he said.
“It can help them by reducing the size of the step necessary to see a psychiatrist, as well as providing the support they may need to overcome stigma.”
Headspace Armadale manager Annette Chivers said partnerships such as this were a way both organisations could ensure locals were getting the best care possible.
“It makes the experience of help-seeking behaviour more accessible and seamless for young people trying to get support, especially for young people with mental health issues when they are already feeling vulnerable,” she said.
“Partnerships between services means young people are not going from one service to the other to access the help they need and getting even more stressed in the process.
“This way, services get to know what is available through their partnerships and can give more informed advice about the choices that suit the needs of young people.”
Psychiatrist Lawrence Woo (centre) with headspace’s Pearl Proud and Annette Chivers.