New headspace service to support young people in Box Hill

New headspace service to support young people in Box Hill

22 February, 2023

21 February 2023 - A new headspace centre providing mental health support for young people in Box Hill is on track to open in later this year.

Following the March 2022 Government announcement of $3.6m funding for a new headspace centre in Box Hill, the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN), together with Federal Member for Chisholm, the Hon. Carina Garland, are delighted to announce the appointment of the successful provider – Mind Australia – who will operate the new Box Hill centre.

The new centre will provide integrated, early intervention mental and physical health services, and alcohol and drug support to young people, particularly those who are vulnerable and at-risk.

The appointment follows a competitive tender process led by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN).

EMPHN CEO, Janine Wilson, said the new centre will improve access to local mental health services for young people in the community, especially as they navigate life post lockdowns.

“We saw a surge in demand for mental health services in the last year across our eastern metro catchment, with an increase of 22% since 2017. The City of Whitehorse has upwards of 24,000 young people living in the area, and a number of them would greatly benefit from this service.” Ms Wilson said.

“We welcome the support of the Australian Government to establish a new headspace for this community and thank our partners for advocating with us for this service."

Gill Callister CEO, Mind Australia

‘Mind Australia is proud of the contribution we are able to make to the lives of young people through headspace services in Greensborough and Plenty Valley - and now Box Hill. headspace services are valuable and much needed resources, helping not just young people but their families and friends. We look forward to providing these important mental health and wellbeing supports to young people in the Box Hill region.’

Dr Carina Garland, Federal member for Chisholm

‘I’m so delighted to see our election commitment of a headspace in Box Hill progressing with the announcement of Mind Australia as the lead agency to operate the centre.

Mental health support is so important for young people. Two thirds of people who will experience a mental disorder have symptoms emerge before they turn 21, and the reality is there just have not been enough services in our community.

I know how important this service will be to our community, I speak to people all the time about the need for improved mental health support.’

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