Boost for health unit

Canning Times - - NEWS -

A NEW men­tal health unit that opened last week has dou­bled the num­ber of beds avail­able for young peo­ple at Bent­ley Health Ser­vice.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the 12-bed unit was for youths aged 16 to 24 with acute men­tal health prob­lems.

Mr Cook said young peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­enced se­vere men­tal health prob­lems such as psy­chosis, de­pres­sion, se­vere anx­i­ety, post­trau­matic stress, risk of self-harm or sui­cide and emerg­ing per­son­al­ity dis­or­der were vul­ner­a­ble.

“Sev­enty-five per cent of men­tal health prob­lems start be­fore the age of 25, so if we can get in early and help young peo­ple by pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate care, we have an op­por­tu­nity to dra­mat­i­cally im­prove their men­tal health out­comes so they can go on to lead happy lives,” he said.

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