headspace Morwell celebrates a decade of helping young Australians

This month marks 10 years since headspace Morwell first opened its doors, changing the face of mental health support for young Australians and their families in the Latrobe Valley and Baw Baw communities.

Since its inception in 2008, headspace Morwell has welcomed more than 5000 young people and provided 28,000 appointments.

These young Australians are among more than 450,000 people who have visited a headspace centre across the country.

“We opened our doors to address the unique barriers young people face in accessing mental health support,” headspace Morwell Centre Manager Justin Van Rossen said.

“We know 75 per cent of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25, which is why the mental health and wellbeing of young people is at the forefront of all that we do.”

Over the past 10 years, young people have played an active role in designing, developing and evaluating the programs available at headspace Morwell.

Those aged between 12 and 25 can walk into the centre today to speak with youth workers, counsellors, drug and alcohol withdrawal workers or simply socialise with like-minded young people. 

“We’re really excited to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary with the very people we open our doors to, as they are at the heart of everything we do.”

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.

If you or someone you know is going through a tough time, contact headspace Morwell on 5136 8300 or visit the corner of George St and Hazelwood Rd, Morwell.

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