On Thursday March 9, Member for Page, Mr Kevin Hogan, made an announcement about changes at Lismore headspace. This announcement included new funding of $1.378m to be spent over 18 months. The funding will be used to continue the ongoing operation of the Lismore headspace centre, as well as expand youth mental health services in Casino and Kyogle.
headspace offers a welcoming space for young people aged 12 to 25 to come and talk to health professionals about depression, anxiety, bullying and relationship problems, as well as other issues of concern. The service covers four core areas:
- mental health
- physical health
- work and study support
- alcohol and other drug services.
Services can be accessed through headspace centres, an online counselling service and a postvention suicide school support program.
North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) is funding headspace centres on the North Coast to improve access to youth mental health services in smaller towns that experience the highest level of disadvantage. NCPHN’s Chief Executive Dr Vahid Saberi said that NCPHN was building on the strengths of headspace to ensure that young people in our region have easy access to holistic, multidisciplinary mental health care.
“Children living in disadvantaged families are three times more likely than those in more advantaged families to suffer from mental health disorders,” he said. “Our local headspace centres reach out to outlying communities wherever possible.”
On January 3rd this year, the transition of Lismore headspace to Northern NSW-based Social Futures was completed. An organisation which envisages communities in which people are equally valued and included, Social Futures is committed to continuing the improvement of community lives. As a regional leader, they will work alongside NCPHN to strengthen and build capacity within the community sector by providing training, development, sector support and advocacy.
With the promise of new funding, Lismore headspace will expand its services into Casino and Kyogle. Social Futures have been provided with an additional $150,000 to help with this expansion.
CEO of Social Futures Mr Tony Davies said he was excited to be part of a new chapter of headspace, building on the work done by North Coast Primary Health Network in establishing and running the centre since 2014.
“The headspace centre has strong synergies with our existing services. Our new role as Lismore headspace lead agency will see us providing comprehensive youth and family services. My team and I are looking forward to having both the community and schools more involved with Lismore headspace,” he shared.
Find Lismore headspace at 2A Carrington Street, Lismore, New South Wales 2480
P: (02) 6625 0200 F: (02) 6625 0299
Other mental health services
Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.
1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
1800 18 7263