Men­tal health in fo­cus

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

A two-year pi­lot headspace pro­gram has started to take shape in the Pil­bara to help com­bat men­tal health is­sues in the re­gion.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price made the an­nounce­ment progress had been made to­wards set­ting up a headspace cen­tre last week, part of an elec­tion prom­ise made ear­lier this year.

Ms Price said there was a clear in­di­ca­tion there were con­cerns about youth men­tal health in every Pil­bara com­mu­nity. “I am thrilled that this much­needed ser­vice is coming,” she said.

“I am even more ex­cited it is go­ing to be de­liv­ered in such a way that it will ben­e­fit the ma­jor­ity of the re­gion, not just one town.

“This ser­vice will re­ally be out there at the fore­front when it comes to deal­ing with youth men­tal health, and will be go­ing wher­ever there is in­fras­truc­ture to sup­port it, and where there is young peo­ple who need it.”

In­tro­duc­tory co-de­sign work­shops were held at the Youth In­volve­ment Coun­cil and the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex last week as part of con­sul­ta­tion and re­search by Anglicare WA.

Anglicare WA was ap­pointed by the WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance to lead headspace 2U, a headspace model which will be tri­alled in four re­gions across Aus­tralia.

headspace 2U aims to “flip the headspace cen­tre model in­side-out”, with em­pha­sis on pop-up ser­vices across the Pil­bara.

The work­shops aimed to gain in­sights into the de­mo­graphic of those likely to use the ser­vice and gen­er­ate ideas for en­sur­ing it will work for peo­ple in spe­cific com­mu­ni­ties.

Anglicare also plans to con­duct work­shops and in­ter­views with Pil­bara youth and their fam­i­lies.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Santi

Youth In­volve­ment Coun­cil work­ers Kristal-Ca­reen Wyl­lie and Vicki-Tree Stephens were both at last week’s work­shop.

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