A new headspace youth mental health service will be located in Prospect Street, Box Hill, Mind Australia, headspace National and Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network have announced.
The centre, which will be managed by Mind Australia, was announced in February 2023 and is expected to begin service delivery by the end of 2023.
headspace services provide free mental health and wellbeing support to young people aged 12 to 25 years. They exist to give young people a safe space and to provide them with tools, knowledge and ongoing support so they can proactively maintain their wellbeing.
The location for this headspace centre was chosen for its accessibility for the Box Hill community including its proximity to local schools and the Box Hill Institute, Mind Acting Executive Director – Victorian Operations John Bamborough said.
“We are thrilled to finalise a location for the new headspace centre in Box Hill and be a step closer to being able to deliver mental health and wellbeing supports to young people in the Whitehorse, Manningham and Boroondara communities,” Mr Bamborough said.
“This site was chosen based on feedback from a group of young people in the area. Their advice and insight have helped ensure key decisions made for this centre are informed by people who are likely to access headspace.”
headspace services are inclusive and welcoming for young people seeking support for challenges related to their mental and physical health, work, school or study, alcohol and other drugs, and gender or sexuality.
Mind operates an established range of youth services in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, including youth residential prevention and recovery care (PARC) support, adventure-based programs and two other headspace services.
“Mind Australia is proud of the contribution we are able to make to the lives of young people through headspace services in Greensborough, Plenty Valley – and now Box Hill,” Mind CEO Gill Callister said.
“headspace services are valuable and much needed resources, helping not just young people but their families and friends.
“We look forward to providing these important mental health and wellbeing supports to young people in the Box Hill region.”
The headspace centre in Box Hill will soon recruit young people to join its Youth Reference Group. The group will comprise of people aged 16-25 who have connections to the Whitehorse, Manningham or Boroondara areas and are interested in having their voice heard on issues affecting young people.
The headspace centre located in Box Hill is funded by the federal government via the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.
To learn more about Mind Australia support services near you contact Mind Connect on 1300 286 463.
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