Funds in­jec­tion boosts men­tal health ser­vices

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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