New mental health base for Lismore
LISMORE district youth facing mental health issues are set to benefit from a new mental health facility.
Page MP Janelle Saffin announced the Headspace facility was one of 15 centres being introduced across Australia to help young people experiencing difficult times before small problems get bigger.
Ms Saffin said the Headspace model had proved successful in other parts of Australia, including Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast.
"Ninety-two per cent of young people reported improvements in their mental health after using a Headspace service," Ms Saffin said.
Headspace CEO Chris Tanti said the growing number of centres would extend the important work Headspace was doing to help young people aged 12-25 get their lives back on track.
Mr Tanti said the beauty of the Headspace model was its ability to offer mental and general health services, alcohol and drug support and vocational services all under the one roof. Lismore's large youth population and its surrounding areas, as well as its distance to the nearest Headspace centre in Coffs Harbour, were key factors in locating the facility.