Saturday, March 24, 2018

headspace celebrates a decade

David Lee July 6, 2016

WHILE headspace Shepparton first opened its doors in Shepparton in June 2013, celebrations rang out last week for the organisation’s 10 year anniversary in providing help for young people.

Across Australia, headspace has helped more than 250,000 young Australians, up to 1.5 million times when they’ve sought help at centres across Australia, over the phone and online at eheadspace.

headspace Shepparton manager, Caroline French said that headspace Shepparton was proud to celebrate their achievement since opening in 2013 and the decade of support provided for young people nationally.

“We are delighted to celebrate 10 years of headspace in Australia and provide access for young people in Shepparton – a place created just for them, a place built with a decade of input from young people like them, a place with a name they know and a place where they can feel safe,” Ms French said.

In 2015, headspace Shepparton staff supported more than 673 young people; 472 of those were new clients.

headspace Shepparton provided around 2,715 services for young people and the average number of services accessed per young person was four.

More than 67 percent of young people sought support from headspace Shepparton for mental health issues.

headspace CEO, Chris Tanti said he is proud headspace has helped traditionally marginalised groups of young people and made a difference to their lives.

“Getting help takes a lot of courage; we’ve made it easier for young people to come to the one place with all the support they need.

“We support a diverse group experiencing a tough time, including high numbers from regional and rural areas, those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people,” Chris said.