Monday 16th of August marked the official opening of Headspace Ocean Grove, designed for young people aged 12-25 in the region. Located on Presidents Avenue, the hub will increase young people’s access to services that support mental health, physical health (including sexual health) and early intervention for drug and alcohol issues.
With funding from the Commonwealth government and in collaboration with Barwon Child, Youth & Family (BCYF) and Bellarine Community Health (BCH), Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) CEO Rowena Clift is pleased the new satellite service has arrived.
“Breaking down barriers for young people accessing mental health support and helping foster better relationships with their natural support networks is key to the health and wellbeing of our youth. We are proud to be providing even greater access to appropriate mental health care for them” Ms Clift said.
GPs can refer young people by directly contacting their local headspace. Young people can also call to make an appointment themselves, something Headspace CEO, Jason Trethowan, said will help get them back on track and fulfil their potential.
“We know 75 percent of mental health disorders emerge before the age of 25. That’s why the work we do at headspace is so important. The new headspace Ocean Grove satellite
expands on the support headspace is already providing to Bellarine young people experiencing a tough time,” Mr Trethowan said.
Ocean Grove now joins a network of almost 140 other communities across Australia with its own dedicated headspace Service. BCYF CEO, Sandy Morrison, said the Ocean Grove satellite will mean more support for young people on the Bellarine Peninsula.
“The opening of this satellite is very timely not only in terms of the ongoing high demand for all headspace services, but also in the context of the steadily increasing need for mental health support that we have experienced over the past 18 months as a result of the COVID19 pandemic”, Mrs Morrison said.
BCH CEO Garry Ellis said the service hopes to break down barriers and create an accessible, safe environment for young people seeking mental health support on the Bellarine Peninsula.
“Providing improved access to these services, along with a range of other support services, in Ocean Grove, reinforces our commitment to the health of young people, their families and Friends.”
For locations of headspace services, as well as factsheets and resources for young people and their families and friends, please visit the headspace website: headspace.org.au.