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MEDIA RELEASE - New headspace service set for Portland

9 June 2017

Campaign efforts for long awaited mental health funding came to fruition today following the announcement of a new youth mental health service in Portland.

The Federal Government today announced funding a new headspace service in Portland which will help to address some of the health challenges faced by young people living in regional areas.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank welcomed the news and praised the Federal Government for investing in mental health support in the Glenelg Shire.

“Today marks the end of our hard fought campaigning efforts to bring quality mental health services to our region. I thank the Federal Government for funding this urgently required program,” she said.

“Young adults will no longer have to travel to bigger centres to seek mental health services, soon be able to access headspace in their very own community.

“This new service will help to combat the incidence of mental ill-health and provide support such as information, counselling and treatment programs for our most vulnerable.

“I look forward to the roll out of this service and the long lasting outcomes it will provide for our young adults, their families and the wider community.”

Portland is one of 10 regional locations which will receive the new youth mental health service.

headspace offers early intervention for 12 to 25-year-olds in four key areas of mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

A planning phase will now begin. In the interim Glenelg Shire youth can access headspace services provided by headspace Warrnambool.

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