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headspace satellite service opens in Busselton, WA

Young people in the South West of Western Australia will be provided better access to vital mental health support services with the launch today of the local headspace satellite site in Busselton.

headspace provides support to young people who may be experiencing challenges in their day-to-day lives, which can affect their mental health and wellbeing.

Those living in regional and remote areas of the country can be limited to accessing services, and headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said it is essential these young people have the right support available to them.

headspace wants any young person going through a tough time to have access to youth-friendly mental health services, no matter where they live. Our programs and services are driven by youth participation and engagement, which ensures all of our work is appropriate and welcoming to each community’s needs across the country,” Mr Trethowan said.

“We welcome this exciting addition of a satellite service in Busselton, and look forward to seeing the community engage and rally behind it.”

Forrest MP, Nola Marino, who has championed this service said that while aiding mental health generally was vital, it was particularly important to provide early support services to young people and their families - something best achieved when services were close by.

“We know mental health is a complex challenge with many impacts, and helping people to deal with that without the stress of having to travel long distances from home, is incredibly important,” Ms Marino said.

CEO of Relationships Australia WA Terri Reilly said Relationships Australia expected a large uptake of the Busselton service given the success of headspace Bunbury which had supported more than 3000 young people in the South West since opening in 2013.

Funding for headspace Bunbury and the Busselton satellite is provided by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and administered by the WA Primary Health Alliance.