Headspace Grafton is a fantastic facility operated by GenHealth that ensures young people can access mental health services where they need them and when they need them.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced over $1.3 million for two new headspace programs that will benefit young people in our region.
“The successful Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Program will be extended until 2024 to continue helping people with mental illness to find and keep a job,” Mr Hogan said.
“The second program is Demand Management and Enhancement — it’s designed to help reduce wait times through staff training and development, as well as upgrades to headspace Grafton’s IT equipment and systems.”
“headspace offers a safe, welcoming place where young people can get non-judgmental professional help and peer support, so they can tackle their challenges in a way that is right for them.”
headspace Grafton Centre Manager Dan Griffin said the extension to the IPS Program will boost local mental health and employment services in Grafton.
“By integrating educational and workforce support with clinical mental health services, we are helping our young people secure employment opportunities,” Mr Griffin said.
“Mental illness should not be a barrier to pursuing a fulfilling career and the IPS Program will continue to ensure young people have access to the tailored support they need to thrive in any workplace.”
Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said there had been a high demand for local services for young people, and the PHN funding will help headspace Grafton to expand services and improve access to youth-friendly mental health support.
“Many young people have also been substantially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it more important than ever to ensure timely access to youth mental health services,” Ms Sturgess said.
$1,054,560 has been allocated to extend the Individual Placement and Support Program until 2024. $249,763 has been allocated to the headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program.
headspace Grafton is a free, youth-friendly confidential service located at 59 Duke Street. Drop in any time between 9am and 5pm or alternatively call (02) 66421520.
headspace Grafton is not a crisis service. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact the Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800