Knox young people aged 12 – 25 can receive help with mental health issues and other health needs through the Knox Headspace Centre, opened today in a ceremony attended by the Mental Health Minister, community leaders, those involved in the project and countless young people.
The centre is the result of a two year local campaign led by Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge MP. The centre will provide not just mental health services but General Practitioners, drug and alcohol rehab assistance, counsellors and psychiatric services, an eating disorder clinic and employment services.
The centre is needed in the community with mental health issues amongst Knox young people higher than the national and state averages. Mental Health issues also creates more than half of the burden of disease and injury amongst 15 to 24 years in our community.
Mr Tudge said he was immensely proud to see the centre open and ready to help the countless Knox young people suffering with mental illness and associated issues.
“This centre is the result of a two a half year community campaign that I was proud to spearhead,” said Mr Tudge.
“The Knox Headspace Centre will be a cornerstone to mental health services for our young people for years to come.”
“If this centre changes the course of just one Knox young person’s life it will worth the effort,” he said.