headspace supporting young people with eating disorders – Australia’s deadliest mental health condition

National Youth Mental Health Foundation, headspace, welcomes the announcement of the $115 million package which will help tens of thousands of Australian’s living with an eating disorder, including young people.

Eating disorders are among the most serious and misunderstood of all mental disorders. Eating Disordered behaviours and relentless thoughts about food, body are some of the symptoms of more complex mental health issues.

Jason Trethowan, CEO of headspace, said the health risks from eating disorders are greater for young people due to the potential of affecting their physical growth and development.

“It is a moment in history to now know Australian’s with severe eating disorders will be able to access a comprehensive treatment plan under Medicare,” he said.

“Whilst there will now be more options for headspace centres to provide support for more young people with eating disorders, it is important to note that there will still be workforce challenges in rural communities which need to be better understood.”

“We would also like to congratulate The Butterfly Foundation for their ongoing advocacy on this important issue.”

Eating disorders are a serious mental illness with severe physical health consequences affecting many young people all over Australia.

With the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, headspace is committed to supporting all young people their family and friends with their mental health. 

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