Youth cry­ing for help

Fund­ing to boost men­tal health ser­vices

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - jas­mine.min­has@ coff­s­coas­tad­vo­ Jas­mine Min­has

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.

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