Boost for Mental Health in Australia


Fraser Clarke

Headspace, one of Australia’s biggest youth mental health organisations, is to benefit from an additional AU$47m in funding.

Established by the country’s government 13 years ago, the group offers support to young people between the ages of 13 and 25 on a range of topics, from anxiety to family issues.

Currently the group operate more than 100 facilities nationwide, with the new grant ensuring their future until at least the winter of 2023.

The funding boost will also allow for new techniques to be introduced, after recently released statistics showed that almost 500,000 people between the ages of 16 and 24 experienced a mental health problem each year. This will include a nationwide roadshow where young people will talk about their mental health challenges, and how Headspace has supported them.

Hopes are high that greater support from an early stage, along with greater visibility of positive role models will help to remove some of the fear and stigma surrounding mental illness.

Speaking about the funding boost Greg Hunt, Health Minister, said: “If we can take the steps in the early years to give people a pathway to recovery, then we can make a lifelong difference in terms of their quality of life, their experience and their families lives.”

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