headspace Frankston celebrates a decade of helping young Australians

This month marks 10 years since headspace Frankston first opened its doors, changing the face of mental health support for young Australians and their families in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula community.

Now one of over 106 centres across Australia, headspace Frankston has welcomed over 5500 local young people since opening.

These young Australians are part of the more than 450,000 who have visited a headspace centre across Australia in the last 12 years.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said each headspace centre is created with, and for, young people; ensuring all services, programs and facilities are welcoming and youth-friendly.

“Seeking help for any concerns troubling a young person takes a lot of courage, and headspace has made it easier for young people to come to the one place with all the support they need,” Mr Trethowan said.

To celebrate this milestone, the headspace Frankston YRG is inviting the community to share their own positive experiences of the centre over the past decade.

“One thing we always hear from young people, is how helpful it is to hear about the experiences of others and how, through seeking help and support, they were able to get through a tough time. It gives young people hope and they feel less alone” said headspace Frankston Youth Reference Group member, Chris Rhodes.

headspace Frankston Centre Manager Leisl Jackson said staff and supporters are proud to celebrate this significant achievement.

“This is a huge milestone for us - we have been able to assist over 5500 local young people to access the help and care they need from clinicians specialising in adolescent health.

“One of the reasons headspace Frankston has been able to achieve such great outcomes is having young people inform all aspects of our service – they tell us what they need, and we can make sure we are providing services that are youth friendly and appropriate.

The Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region should be proud of just how committed our consortium and partner agencies are to working together to support young people,” she said.

Former service user Cassandra said “headspace Frankston is a rock and the people there saved my life. I don’t think I would be here today if it wasn’t for the help of headspace and the beautiful people who are a part of it.”

Steph Fonti
headspace Media and Communications Coordinator 
(03) 9278 0289 or sfonti@headspace.org.au