Dr Fiona Martin MP, Member for Reid, has said there is much to celebrate on National headspace Day tomorrow with increased funding and support for young Australians living in Reid.
Dr Martin was joined by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at Reid’s local headspace centre in Ashfield to discuss how the 2020-21 Budget is boosting the headspace network.
“The Morrison Government has invested an unprecedented $5.7 billion in mental health support in 2020-21 alone,” Dr Martin said.
“We’re driving the largest expansion of the headspace network, from 124 services to 153 services nationally by 2022. Over the next four years, the Government will invest $630.4 million in this national network.
“We’re also doubling the number of Medicare-funded psychological services from 10 to 20 through the Better Access Initiative, which will be especially helpful to those who are being treated for complex conditions.”
Ashfield’s headspace centre acts as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.
The Treasurer said the increased funding for mental health support in the 2020-21 Budget will help young Australians through the challenges of the COVID-19 recession.
“This is a year like no other, and the stresses and strains particularly on young people is immense because of COVID-19. headspace is doing a tonne of good work helping people through the challenges that they face,” Treasurer Frydenberg said.
“In coming weeks, we will release the Productivity Commission’s Mental Health final report and the interim report into suicide prevention commissioned by the Prime Minister. These reports will guide our future actions, working together with states and territories to save lives.”
Dr Martin encourages young people struggling with their mental health to use services available.
“headspace offers comprehensive clinical services as well as community engagement that helps break the stigma around mental health,” Dr Martin said.
“It’s important that young people build their resilience and take care of their mental health with the resources and services available, so they can overcome the uncertainty and challenges of this year.”
Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800), or the Government’s digital mental health gateway, Head to Health.
If you are concerned about suicide, living with someone who is considering suicide, or bereaved by suicide, the Suicide Call Back Service is available at 1300 659 467 or www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au.