Mark Butler MP
Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing
Member for Hindmarsh
Member for Macnamara
Young people in South Melbourne and surrounds will finally have a Headspace dedicated to early intervention mental health services under an Albanese Labor Government.
Labor’s Federal Member for Macnamara, Josh Burns, was today joined by Labor Leader in the Senate, Penny Wong to announce that if elected Labor will establish the first Headspace centre located in South Melbourne.
The last few years have been difficult for people right across the country, especially for young Australians. This has had a serious impact on the mental health of locals, especially that of young people.
With currently just one Headspace centre in Macnamara – at the southern boundary of the electorate in Elsternwick – a second centre in South Melbourne will help to alleviate the pressure on existing services and support communities across the inner south of Melbourne.
Quotes attributable to Josh Burns
“Our mental health system is at breaking point and we need to do more to increase the availability of frontline services and workers.
“I’ve spoken to young people struggling to access mental health support and I’ve spoken to staff at Headspace and they all agree – the system is overloaded and we need to increase capacity.
“Our recovery from the pandemic isn’t over yet and we know the recovery is going to require social and emotional support.
“While more Headspace centres are only one part of the solution, it is an important step to reduce the wait times and burden on our existing network.
“The Liberals have had a decade to reform our mental health system, and for a decade they’ve sat on their hands.
“Instead of Scott Morrison who has failed our community and our young people at every turn, we need a Labor Government that restores integrity and leadership to our nation.
“I am proud to be fighting for the mental health support that people young and old need to help come to terms with the trauma so many have experienced.”
Quotes attributable to Mark Butler
“From COVID-19 to everyday pressures, demand for mental health support has surged to record levels across the country.
“Young people in South Melbourne and surrounds should already have had access to more mental health support during the pandemic, but Scott Morrison has been too slow to act.
“Josh Burns and Labor know the importance of expanding mental health services in South Melbourne and across Macnamara and that’s why we will deliver a full-service headspace.
“We need to make sure we have the right resources in place so young Australians can get the care they need.
“The mental health and wellbeing of young Australia is too important. They can’t afford to wait any longer.”
Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.