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Liberal Nationals supporting headspace to better support young Victorians

Young people in Nepean will be able to access mental health support easier and closer to home under an elected Liberal Nationals Government.

Candidate for Nepean Russell Joseph said that over the last few years headspace have been working with philanthropy, local, state and federal governments to build an outreach centre in Rosebud to compliment the services currently being delivered in Frankston and this funding will be a fantastic boost for this initiative.

Victorian young people will benefit from $1.14 million in grants over four years under a Liberal Nationals Government, for headspace to provide outreach services to communities in Regional Victoria and Melbourne.

“headspace is a safe space for young people to come and talk about what they’re going through and these grants will mean we can provide more opportunities to do this in our local community,” Russell Joseph said.

“A lack of public transport makes it hard for young people from the southern Peninsula to get to Frankston, but it’s even more difficult for those who don’t drive or have a family member who can take them.

“Programs could include social events for young people or regular services in communities without a permanent headspace location.

“These grants will make sure young Victorians have access to headspace’s important mental health services – regardless of where they live.”

headspace is a critical support network for Victorians aged 12 to 25 in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

One in four young people have experienced a mental health issue in the past 12 months – a higher prevalence than all other age groups.

Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy said these new outreach services will make sure young people can get the help they need, close to home.

“headspace has had great success in engaging youth with mental health and drug and alcohol problems, but we can do better in Victoria to support our young people,” Ms Kealy said.

“We must make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need – regardless of where they live.

“I’m proud to be part of a Liberal Nationals Government that will put the health of our young people first, boosting support by funding much-needed headspace outreach services across the state.”

Outreach services have been successfully established in other states, including in New South Wales and Queensland.

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