headspace Woodville celebrates a decade of help for young Australians

Media Release

headspace Woodville will kick start the national network of celebrations across Australia to mark the 10 year anniversary of headspace, with a morning tea.

The local community, the Federal Member for Port Adelaide Mark Butler and the Federal Member for Hindmarsh Matt Williams will celebrate ten years since headspace first opened its doors and changed the face of mental health for young Australians.

headspace was created to make it as easy as possible for a young person aged 12 to 25 to get help when experiencing tough times with support for mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drug or work and study issues.

Across Australia headspace has to date helped more than 250,000 young Australians, up to 1.5 million times when they’ve sought help at centres across Australia, over the phone and online at eheadspace.

headspace centre manager Stacey Roy said the Woodville centre was proud to celebrate their achievement since opening in 2014 and the decade of support provided for young people nationally.

“We are proud to celebrate ten years of headspace in Australia and provide access for young people in Woodville - a place created just for them, a place built with a decade of input from young people like them, a place with a name they know and a place where they can feel safe.”

headspace Woodville will be moving to a bigger location in Port Adelaide to accommodate for the demand of more young people and their families seeking support and later this year once we’ve moved, we will be known as headspace Port Adelaide,” Stacey said.

Last year headspace Woodville staff supported more than 600 young people and 500 of those were new clients.

headspace Woodville provided around 2500 services for young people and the average number of services per young person was 3.9 times. Young people sought support from headspace Woodville for mental health and behaviour issues (80%) with depression and anxiety symptoms as the primary issues.

headspace CEO Chris Tanti said he is proud headspace has helped traditionally marginalised groups of young people and made a difference to their lives.

“Getting help takes a lot of courage and we’ve made it easier for young people to come to the one place with all the support they need,” Chris said.

“We support a diverse group experiencing a tough time, including high numbers from regional and rural areas, those identifying as LGBTIQ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

If you are having a tough time contact headspace on 1800 650 890 or www.eheadspace.org.au.

headspace operates 94 centres across Australia, for details visit www.headspace.org.au.
*Social Policy Research Centre, USNW Australia, 2014.

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