Progress in push for head­s­pace cen­tre

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Pil­bara is a step closer to get­ting a head­s­pace cen­tre — part of an elec­tion pledge by Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price.

Dur­ing her cam­paign, Ms Price promised to work to­wards set­ting up a head­s­pace cen­tre for the Pil­bara to com­bat men­tal health is­sues in the elec­torate.

Ms Price has said she is pleased with the progress of her elec­tion prom­ise, say­ing she would soon meet with the pri­mary health net­works which would pro­vide fund­ing for the ser­vice.

In the weeks lead­ing up to last year’s Fed­eral elec­tion, Ms Price gained more than 200 sig­na­tures on a pe­ti­tion which was pre­sented to the Gov­ern­ment to open the Pil­bara head­s­pace cen­tre.

“Ap­prox­i­mately one in four young peo­ple aged 16-24 may ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal ill­ness at some point in their young lives,” Ms Price said.

“Head­s­pace has been a vi­tal part of the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s pre­ven­ta­tive health ser­vices for the last 10 years, pro­vid­ing teenagers and young adults with af­ford­able, youth­friendly men­tal health ser­vices through the head­s­pace net­work.”

Ms Price said the sup­port she re­ceived in her “mini cam­paign” was over­whelm­ing and she has not for­got­ten her fo­cus.

“Since the sign­ing of the pe­ti­tion in late 2016, I have been work­ing with the Depart­ment of Prime Min­is­ter and Cabi­net and the pri­mary health net­works to se­cure a head­s­pace for the Pil­bara,” she said.

“I am fight­ing to have a cen­tre opened in Kar­ratha and Hed­land be­cause of the vast size of the Pil­bara.”

Head­s­pace is the Na­tional Youth Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion, pro­vid­ing early in­ter­ven­tion men­tal health ser­vices to 12-25-year-olds, cov­er­ing the four core ar­eas of men­tal health; phys­i­cal health; work and study sup­port; and al­co­hol and other drug ser­vices.

“I’m ex­cited about the prospect of head­s­pace open­ing in the Pil­bara,” Ms Price said.

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