To mark International Youth Day, headspace Lithgow staff opened its doors to the key stakeholders and young people of the community who fought hard to bring the service to town.
Since opening for service at the end of June, headspace Lithgow staff have met with almost 50 young people – providing general and mental health services, education and employment support and drug and alcohol support.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the community is extremely pleased and comforted to know Lithgow’s headspace is now up and running.
"I am a huge supporter of mental health services and we lobbied hard with the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, to secure over $1 million to ensure the service opened in Lithgow," Mr Gee said.
"You cannot underestimate the importance of a service like this. It lets our youth know that they are not alone and that there are people they can turn to when help is needed.
"This service will make a real difference to the lives of young people in the district," he added.
CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, Lizz Reay said the opening of headspace Lithgow was the culmination of effective collaboration between all levels of government with the local community and stakeholders.
"We are proud to be part of this and look forward to joining other stakeholders to celebrate this achievement," she said.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
headspace has 110 centres across Australia in metropolitan, regional and remote areas, as well as online and phone support services through eheadspace. headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health) alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support.
Centre details, as well as factsheets and resources for young people and their families and friends, can be located on the headspace website - headspace.org.au