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Labor promises new headspace

By Seymour Telegraph

A Shorten Labor Government will create a new headspace centre in Mitchell Shire to deliver early intervention mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25 years.

With studies showing that half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders are evident by the age of 14, Mitchell Shire has a higher than average rate of adults experiencing high or very high psychological distress.

In a 2017 local youth survey, young people identified suicide prevention, support for drug addiction and mental illness help as the three top priorities.

Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell said early intervention services were desperately needed throughout regional Victoria, particularly in our fast growing peri-urban fringes such as Mitchell Shire.

‘‘Labor acknowledges the tireless work undertaken by youth mental health professionals,’’ Mr Mitchell said.

‘‘However, when a young person is experiencing mental ill-health and is looking for help, help should be there for them.

‘‘This is why we have listened to the local community and health professionals to commit to a headspace centre where it’s needed.’’

The headspace service will promote young people’s wellbeing across mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.