headspace Melton open for business

headspace Melton officially opens its doors this Monday, 29 October, providing a vital new service for local young people.

Senator Jane Hume will formally launch the centre, which will provide early intervention services for 12 to 25 year olds across the key areas of mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use

Melton has the highest rates of psychological distress of any local government area in Victoria, with 20.7% of people reporting high or very high psychological distress – nearly double the state average.

headspace Melton Centre Manager Dr Teresa Sedley said the centre is already proving popular among local young people, after starting to see clients on a limited basis several weeks ago.

“We had well over 100 referrals waiting for us from local health services when we started, and we’re filling our appointment book as fast as we can open up new space,” Dr Sedgley said. “It’s really shows the level of support and need there has been for a service like this in Melton, and we’re thrilled to be part of such as strong local community.”

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace wants all young people to have access to youth friendly mental health services no matter where they live.

“It is exciting that this headspace service is opening in Melton, giving the young people in the local community a place where they can get the support they need to get back on their feet and fulfil their potential,” Mr Trethowan said.

For media enquiries please contact:
Stephanie Fonti, headspace Communications Coordinator on 0413 025 385 or sfonti@headspace.org.au