Youth crying for help
Funding to boost mental health services
MORE funding and campaigns have been announced to improve the mental health of youth on the NSW north and mid-north coasts.
Additional funding for Headspace Coffs Harbour, a new Headspace outreach service for the Nambucca Valley and two new campaigns are in the works.
These come at a crucial time for the region, with a Headspace centre recently announced to open in Grafton after a spate of youth suicides in the Clarence Valley.
Headspace Coffs Harbour for the past few months has been working with the North Coast Primary Health Network and MP Luke Hartsuyker to secure additional funding.
“I am pleased to announce an additional $100,000 per year will be delivered to GenHealth by the NCPHN to further support the vital youth mental health services delivered by Headspace on the Coffs Coast,” said Mr Hartsuyker.
GenHealth is the local organisation that runs Headspace Coffs Harbour.
GenHealth will also get resources to establish a Headspace outreach service in the Nambucca Valley to improve the availability of youth mental health services in that area.
Headspace offers a safe space for young people to talk to health professionals about depression, anxiety, bullying and other issues.
“I am confident this funding will make a noticeable difference for the young people in our communities,” said Mr Hartsuyker.
Local organisation CHESS Employment has also announced it is aligning with Headspace Coffs Harbour for the Jobs Change Lives campaign.
CHESS chief executive officer Paul Kelly said employment played an important role in a young person’s well-being.
“We know that employment can provide meaningful change in a young person’s life, so we are reaching out to business owners to register for our free employment services and help strengthen our economy.”
CHESS will donate $500 to Headspace for every job secured in the Coffs and Clarence regions.
Headspace and the Supre Foundation have also teamed up to release a new anti-bullying booklet titled Bullying. So Not Okay, which will be available at all Supre stores and Headspace centres.