Mental health in spotlight
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.
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 insideout”, 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 would work for people in specific communities.
Anglicare also plans to conduct workshops and interviews with Pilbara youth and their families.