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Emerald headspace providing vital support for youth mental health

headspace will officially open at Emerald on April 8. Picture provided.

Young people in the Emerald Community can now access the support they need, with Australian youth mental health and wellbeing group headspace now providing services in the area.

headspace Emerald will officially launch on April 8 from 3pm at 65 Hospital Road and will coincide with Youth Week activities in the area.

To celebrate the launch, there will be a range of stalls, live music from local youth musical artists, food, face painting and other activities for the enjoyment of the community.

The launch will end with a free movie at the local cinema starting at 7 p.m.

Attending the launch will be local Mayor, Councilor Kerry Hayes, local MP Ken O’Dowd and Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan.

Headspace Emerald provides a free and confidential service for young people offering early intervention in four key areas: mental health, related physical health, social and professional support, and substance use.

Despite being a remote location, headspace Emerald has secured the services of qualified mental health clinicians to work closely with GPs, sexual health services, vocational education services and alcohol services and other drugs to provide support to young people at a crucial time in their lives. .

A skilled mental health workforce in the region will provide continued benefits to the community and help young people get back on track and build their capacity to manage their own mental health in the future.

Given the pressures facing young people today and the number of youth suicides in the region, the availability of early intervention services is much needed in the region.

Funded by Commonwealth Central Queensland Primary Health Care Agency, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN, Anglicare Central Queensland runs Emerald’s new centre, providing personalized and holistic mental health and wellbeing support to people aged 12 to 25.

PHN CEO Pattie Hudson said Anglicare Central Queensland has a long history of providing services to young people in the region and continues to play a key role in the Central Highlands Suicide Prevention Group.

“The PHN mental health team have worked closely with the Emerald community to secure a comprehensive headspace center and we are delighted that Anglicare Central Queensland is the lead agent for this service,” said Ms. Hudson.

“I am extremely pleased to have this much needed service officially launched in the Central Highlands region. By working together, we can create better health services for young people living in Emerald and surrounding areas and we look forward to Emerald’s Headspace Service leading the way for Headspace Services in the regions. rural and remote Australia.

Anglicare Central Queensland is well known in the community and has long advocated a headspace center to provide meaningful safe space and clinical safety for young people.

With Anglicare Central Queensland, the Central Highlands community has worked tirelessly for many years to champion and support this valuable service, which has since grown from a satellite to a full-service centre.

headspace Emerald is open Monday to Friday and appointments can be made on 1800 950 722, or by emailing [email protected]

Headspace centers and services operate across Australia, in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, helping young Australians and their families to be mentally healthy and engaged in their communities.