A Shorten Labor Government will create a new headspace centre in Macnamara to deliver early intervention mental health services for those aged 12 to 25 years.
Labor knows that the level of mental ill health amongst young people across the Inner South Melbourne region is of persistent and increasing concern. 1 in 4 young people will experience mental ill health each year.
Labor acknowledges, values and respects the amazing and tireless work undertaken by youth mental health professionals. However, we know that more early intervention services are needed.
For many young people, these services are not easily accessible. By creating a dedicated headspace centre in Macnamara, Labor will help ensure that when young people put their hand up, say they are not well and they need help, services are available and accessible.
headspace Macnamara will also promote young peoples’ wellbeing across mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.
Our announcement builds on Labor’s strong history of supporting and expanding headspace, including our recent announcements to open new headspace centres across the country.
When Labor was in Government, we increased the number of headspace sites by investing almost $200 million to bring the total number of headspace centres to 90. Labor also expanded the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre services that are delivered by headspace.
Labor continues to take action on youth mental health because it is the right thing to do – for our young people, their families and the broader community.
This election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better healthcare services, hospitals and schools versus bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready.