Youth Mental Health- Satellite Headspace in Newport
Council is seeking funding to support the establishment of a satellite Headspace at Newport Community Hub providing an integration of resources and the expansion Council’s youth counselling services.
In 2015-16, the rate of mental health inpatient admissions for 10 to 17 year olds (9.06 per 1,000 people) was higher than the rate for the Western Metropolitan Region (6.46 per 1,000 people) and Victoria (7.85 per 1,000 people), highlighting the importance of increasing accessibility to preventative and early intervention mental health services for young people.
With limited youth dedicated mental health services in Hobsons Bay, young people face a range of accessibility barriers. Barriers include access to transport and travel times to seek support from Headspace sites outside the municipality. A young person residing in Hobsons Bay is potentially required to undergo a one to two hour public transport round trip, excluding the consultation appointment, to access Headspace at either in Werribee and Sunshine.
There is consistent demand on Council’s funded youth generalist counselling and case management service based in the youth dedicated space in the Newport Community Hub. This demand is anticipated to continually increase.
Establishing a satellite Headspace in Newport would ensure young people in the inner west are provided with the critical mental health support they required to be able to fully embrace life’s opportunities, deal effectively with personal challenges, and build a prosperous future.
For more information read Council's Youth Mental Health - Satellite Headspace Advocacy Fact Sheet(PDF, 690KB)