Young people and their families living in the Mandurah region are now able to access vital mental health and wellbeing support with headspace Mandurah opening in Dower Street today.

headspace Mandurah provides young people, their families and friends with early intervention mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.

The centre will operate from this location on a temporary basis before relocating to its permanent home within the Peel Health Hub that will see a range of health services housed under one roof. It is due to open towards the end of 2018.

Opening of the headspace Mandurah centre at Dower Street.

WA Primary Health Alliance late last year awarded a $1.3 million contract to operate the centre to 360 Health + Community, whose experience includes establishing and running two existing headspace centres in Fremantle and Rockingham.

WA Primary Health Alliance CEO Learne Durrington said 360 Health + Community will deliver a great service for this region where youth mental health is such a priority, with more than 25 per cent of the population under 25.

“We know that young people aged 12 to 25 experience the highest rates of mental distress, yet seek help the least of all age groups.[1] That’s why it’s so important for them to have youth friendly mental health services such as headspace,” Ms Durrington said.

WAPHA Regional Manager, Jody Niven and CEO, Learne Durrington at the headspace Mandurah launch with members of the Youth Reference Group.

360 Health + Community CEO Mark Slattery said they were privileged to be able to support the delivery of this service which puts young people front and centre in their own care.

“We’ve been working with our newly recruited headspace Mandurah Youth Reference Group to ensure the centre and service are youth friendly and welcoming.

headspace Mandurah will work alongside headspace Fremantle and headspace Rockingham to ensure all young people across the southern region have access to collaborative youth friendly care, to help prevent young people falling through the gaps,” Mr Slattery said.

Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie MP, WAPHA Chair Richard Choong and 360 Health + Community CEO, Mark Slattery at the headspace Mandurah launch with members of the Youth Reference Group.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace Mandurah will support and promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the region.

“It is testament to the vital work carried out by headspace as the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and the confidence invested in our services, that the community rallied tirelessly for this centre,” Mr Trethowan said.

“This centre is for young people, and by young people, and we look forward to seeing this grow and develop in the community,” he said.

Young people can be referred by their GP, a mental health professional, or by self-referral.

headspace Mandurah is located at Unit 10, 3 Dower Street. For more information on the services available, email hello@headspaceman.com.au

This service has been made possible through funding provided by the Australian Government under the PHN Program.

ENDS

WAPHA Media Contact

Fiona Clark, 0437 563 735, fiona.clark@wapha.org.au

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[1] https://www.mja.com.au/system/files/issues/200_02_030214/ric11235_fm.pdf