Haven for health and happiness
WALKING into headspace Dubbo, there is an immediate feeling of warmth and wellbeing. There are rooms dedicated to chilling out, meeting with others and for professional assistance. Services include help with work and study options, mental and sexual health, drugs and alcohol and youth programs.
It’s all aimed at young people aged from 12 to 25 to support them through the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
“We have loads of services available,” senior vocational specialist Kevin Saul told
He connects youth with potential employers, a role which is working extremely well in the local community.
There’s also a doctor, youth care coordinator and counselling services on site.
“It takes a lot for a young person to come through that door,” Mr Saul said.
“Sometimes they are referred by family, friends or a carer, other agencies or their GP. They can be referred by a lot of places.
“If they self-refer, they are generally feeling pretty low.”
Life can be overwhelming at the best of times, but for young people going through a broad range of emotions, discovering sexual identity and dealing with the pressures of school, peers and social media, it can be particularly difficult.
But headspace offers a haven away from those stresses which, if ignored, can manifest into greater anxieties, depression and even suicidal tendencies.
“We want to be a place of wellness and wellbeing with all the services under one roof,” Mr Saul said.
“We want to make it a safe, friendly environment, empowering kids with mental health issues. Anyone that visits can become a client and we are doing our best to drop the stigma that can be attached.”
The Federal Government is supporting the work of headspace with a recent $51.8 million funding boost towards mental health care for young Australians.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the government’s additional investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, will benefit young people.
“Young people will soon have access to additional services, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff, as a result of this additional headspace funding,” Mr Coulton said.
“Headspace provides an excellent service for people aged 12-25 years in my electorate, as a single entry point to friendly primary care and support for physical and mental wellbeing.
“It’s important young people know they are not alone and that quality frontline support is available, which includes early intervention services.”
One in four young Australians experiences mental illness in any given year, and last year alone, approximately 33,800 young people accessed eheadspace seeking support.
For more information, visit headspace.org.au or call 5852 1900. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, don’t be afraid to reach out for support.
Kevin Saul from Headspace’s Dubbo office said it takes a lot for a young person to come through that door, but when they do they’re accessing a very effective range of support services to help them navigate life’s challenges.