More support for the young

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Mental health services in Busselton have received a significant boost, with headspace Busselton opening a new premises.

The new facility on Harris Road will allow for more clinicians to operate in the same space.

More than 1500 sessions have been held since headspace Busselton opened in 2018, with nearly 300 young people using the services.

The Busselton office is a satellite facility, which means it opens a few days a week and is managed from another centre.

WA Primary Health Alliance general manager of commissioned services Mark Cockayne said the additional capacity would benefit Busselton greatly. “Upgrading headspace Busselton to a satellite service with a larger premises and addition of extra support services means more young people can get the help they need, a great result for the Busselton community and wider South West region,” he said.

“Headspace plays an important role in equipping young people with the skills they need to manage their mental and physical health, supporting them not only now, but into their future.”

Funding for the project was provided by the Federal Government, with its Primary Health Networks program committing more than $1.1 million worth of funds.

“The Government is committed to ensuring young Western Australians have access to the best possible youth-friendly mental health services to help them stay healthy,” Forrest MHR Nola Marino said.

“It is vital that they have a place to turn when they are experiencing mental health issues or related life problems. Expansion of the existing headspace Busselton satellite means we can continue to support our local young people, having lasting benefits for both them and their families.”

The facility will be open between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 11am-7pm on Tuesdays.

People aged between 12 and 25 can contact the centre directly or be referred by their general practitioner.

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