headspace Centre officially opens in Bega
headspace Bega was opened by Senator Jim Molan AO DSC, along with Dianne Kitcher (CEO of COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN who is funding the initiative), Ron de Jongh (CEO of Grand Pacific Health – the lead agency providing the service), Jason Trethowan (CEO of headspace National) and some of the young people who have been involved in the establishment of the centre.
The centre provides 12-25 year olds mental health, drug and alcohol, employment and education and physical health services and support, as well as providing information for young people and their families and friends.
“headspace Bega is aiming to become a ‘hub’ for young people in the region, the Centre’s innovative service model will also benefit the broader region by providing much needed support to young people in Cooma and Narooma – along with outreach services as required,” said Mr de Jongh.
“Since we opened our doors in November, referrals have been growing steadily, demonstrating there is indeed a need for youth specific mental health services in the region. The feedback we are getting is that headspace is being identified as a safe place to go,” he added.
The headspace model is based on early intervention with the knowledge that adolescence and early adulthood is a critical time in a person's life, with research showing that 75 per cent of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25. By ensuring help is accessed in those early stages, young people can get things back on track.
Senator Molan said the Bega headspace centre is up and running thanks to an incredible and coordinated local community effort.
“There have been many people who have worked tirelessly for several years to see the headspace vision come to life – and now the whole community can benefit from their efforts,” Senator Molan said.
“This new centre demonstrates that the Federal Government is working hard to make sure that young Australians can get advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.”
The new headspace centre is one of five centres in South Eastern NSW funded by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN. headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said the new service will extend the important early intervention work of headspace around the country.
“headspace is helping thousands of young people across Australia going through a tough time,” said Mr Trethowan.
“Since headspace was established in 2006, over 450,000 young people have visited a headspace centre across Australia. “We are proud of our achievements over the past ten years and headspace Bega will play an important role in what headspace will achieve in the future in the critical area of youth mental health and wellbeing.”
Ms Kitcher said they are delighted to be working closely with headspace Bega to ensure that services are delivered with a regional focus and based on local needs.
“I congratulate everyone involved with headspace Bega on coming together to support the local community,” said Ms Kitcher.
headspace Bega is part of the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to establish a national network of headspace services across Australia.
headspace Bega details:
Rooftop Carpark Sapphire Market Place
Unit 1, 83 Upper Street, Bega
Phone: 4824 4944
Opening hours: 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
For more information about headspace visit: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/bega/
headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Youth Mental Health Initiative.