The Federal Government will allocate $3.5 million over four years to establish a new headspace centre in Kununurra.
Welcoming the announcement, Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said she is committed to ensuring young people can get help when they need it.
“These guaranteed new frontline services will help deliver that support with information, advice counselling and treatment if it’s needed,” she said.
“I fought for a headspace in Kununurra because I knew it was an area of particular need.”
The Kununurra centre is one of 30 new sites announced as part of the expansion of the headspace network from 115 to 145 sites nationally. It is expected that it will open by the middle of next year.
The investment will build on vital mental health services for young people in WA facing mental health challenges. WA will have a total of 14 centres and four satellites once this new headspace service is up and running.
“The new headspace centre will provide vital services in the Kimberley. It will operate expanded outreach services into the region, and deliver innovative support for young people, particularly young Indigenous Australians,” Ms Price said.
This investment is part of the Morrison Government’s $461 million Youth and Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan – the largest investment of its kind in the country’s history.
The headspace program aims to improve access for young people aged 12 to 25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness. headspace offers early intervention services across four key areas—mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.
Intervention at the earliest possible stage is important to reduce the duration and impact.