Early days, but Headspace project is ticking along

IT'S been more than two years in the making but Gladstone has secured Federal Government funding for a Headspace centre in town.

While the project leaders wouldn't reveal the amount of funding, hundreds of Gladstone youth will soon get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.

The National Youth Mental Health Foundation, Headspace helps young people who are going through a tough time.

Colleen Tribe, general manager of Roseberry Community Services - the lead agency for Headspace, said they envisaged helping Gladstone youth with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, relationship breakdowns, bullying, stress and problems with alcohol and drugs.

"We are still in the very early stages of centre development," she said.

"There are key milestones that must be met towards getting the centre up and running.

"It is critical that we get it right from the start including finding the right location, service partners, staff recruitment and facility fit-out."

The new centre will extend the important early intervention work of Headspace into areas of significant need, with the primary focus of Headspace being the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians aged 12-25 years old.

"In extreme cases where further specialists are needed we will be able to refer the patient to Rockhampton or other metro areas."

And they might need it.

In recent years Mrs Tribe said they had seen a real increase in youth mental health issues in Gladstone.

Centacare's Rebecca Healy, one of 12 representatives in a consortium which has been fighting for Headspace, said there had also been an increase in education around the issues in school, which was great.

The Gladstone Headspace centre will be youth friendly, confidential and free for young people to access.

Mrs Tribe said while there was quite a bit of work to do, the Headspace Gladstone consortium "are striving to have it done by early 2016".

"(The consortium has) been fighting to get the community support for more than two years," she said.

For more information visit headspace.org.au to access help.



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