Funds injection boosts mental health services
MORE young Australians battling mental ill health will be able to get help from the experts at headspace.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today announce a $50 million cash injection to the life-saving service. He is vowing the money will fund an extra 14,000 mental health services each year at headspace’s 107 youth mental health hubs, including $6.5 million for Queensland’s 22 centres.
The new money will help centres employ more clinical staff and reduce waiting times.
An extra $12 million will be spent on eHeadspace digital support services.
The boost comes after The Sunday Mail’s Can We Talk campaign saved headspace from likely doom in 2016 when it revealed the Turnbull government’s plan to allow local health bureaucrats to decide whether or not to fund individual headspace centres.
With more than three quarters of mental health problems starting before the age of 25, headspace offers free access to psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, doctors and nurses for people aged 12-25.
Research released last week revealed one third of young Australians report high or very high levels of psychological distress, more than three times the number of a decade ago.