A healthy part­ner­ship

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WITH men­tal health is­sues in young peo­ple con­tin­u­ing to be a con­cern, a part­ner­ship be­tween Armadale Health Ser­vice and headspace Armadale that of­fers sup­port and help is prov­ing to be as im­por­tant as ever.

Statis­tics show that one in five peo­ple will ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal ill­ness each year but only 50 per cent of those will ask for help. There are num­bers the two or­gan­i­sa­tions have been work­ing to ad­dress, es­pe­cially among Armadale’s 12 to 25-year-olds.

As part of the part­ner­ship, the health ser­vice pro­vides a psy­chi­a­trist to headspace once a fort­night, a prac­tice con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist Lawrence Woo said was all about mak­ing the young per­son feel as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

“By pro­vid­ing ac­cess to a psy­chi­a­trist within a user­friendly, com­mu­nity-based ser­vice tai­lored to their men­tal health needs, young adults can feel more com­fort­able to ac­cess men­tal health help,” he said.

“It can help them by re­duc­ing the size of the step nec­es­sary to see a psy­chi­a­trist, as well as pro­vid­ing the sup­port they may need to over­come stigma.”

Headspace Armadale man­ager Annette Chivers said part­ner­ships such as this were a way both or­gan­i­sa­tions could en­sure lo­cals were the best care pos­si­ble.

“It makes the ex­pe­ri­ence of help-seek­ing be­hav­iour more ac­ces­si­ble and seam­less for young peo­ple try­ing to get sup­port, es­pe­cially for young peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues when they are al­ready feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble,” she said.

“Part­ner­ships be­tween ser­vices means young peo­ple are not go­ing from one ser­vice to the other to ac­cess the help they need and get­ting even more stressed in the process.

“This way, ser­vices get to know what is avail­able through their part­ner­ships and can give more in­formed advice about the choices that suit the needs of young peo­ple.” get­ting ADVICE FOR LOVED ONES

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d482430

Psy­chi­a­trist Lawrence Woo (cen­tre) with headspace’s Pearl Proud and Annette Chivers.

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