New headspace centre in Box Hill officially opens

New headspace centre in Box Hill officially opens

29 February, 2024

Mind Australia in conjunction with Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) and headspace National is proud to announce the opening of a new headspace centre in the heart of Box Hill.

headspace Box Hill has been operational since December 2023 and was officially opened on Tuesday 20 February by Dr Carina Garland MP, Federal Member for Chisholm.

“The fact that headspace Box Hill provides free mental health services for young people is important – it removes a barrier for reaching out for help,” Dr Garland said.

Dr Carina Garland MP, member for Chisholm,(centre left) was welcomed by (from left) Dr Stephen Duckett AM, EMPHN Board Chair, Gill Callister, MIND CEO and Jason Trethowan, headspace CEO

headspace Box Hill provides free mental health and wellbeing support to Box Hill residents aged 12 to 25 years. It is designed to be inclusive and allow for young people to seek support for challenges related to their mental and physical health, work, school or study, alcohol and other drugs, and gender or sexuality.

headspace centres exist to give young people a safe space and to provide them with tools, knowledge and ongoing support so they can proactively maintain their wellbeing.

Mind Australia CEO Gill Callister said Mind is an experienced provider of youth mental health services in Victoria, Queensland South Australia, including youth residential, youth prevention and recovery care, youth outreach, adventure-based programs and two other headspace centres.

“headspace services are valuable and much needed resources, helping not just young people but their families and friends. We have seen the life-changing difference they can make for a young person through the Mind-managed headspace centres in Greensborough and Plenty Valley,” Ms Callister said.

“We look forward to providing these important mental health and wellbeing supports to young people in the Box Hill region.”

headspace Box Hill Service Manager, Bowen Guan, said the centre has been welcomed by the local community since it opened late last year.

“We have a culturally diverse community here and headspace Box Hill is giving young people in the Whitehorse, Manningham and Boroondara areas a place where they can get the support they need to get back on their feet and make the most out of life,” Ms Guan said.

“We have already seen great support from the local community, and we look forward to engaging with schools, TAFEs, sporting clubs and recreational groups throughout Box Hill.”

headspace Box Hill is funded by the Australian Government via the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.

Find out more information on headspace Box Hill or call (03) 9810 9310.