Prime Minster Scott Morrison is seen during a visit to the Glenelg Surf Life Saving club at Glenelg in Adelaide, Sunday, October 14, 2018. The Prime Minister announced funding for mental health organisation Headspace. (AAP Image/David Mariuz)

Support for headspace boosts youth mental health

Media release
14 Oct 2018
Prime Minister, Minister for Health
Health and Social Services

Photo: AAP Image/David Mariuz

Mental health care for young Australians is set for a $51.8 million funding boost.

Our Government’s extra investment in the national network of headspace centres and the digital portal, eheadspace, means young people will have access to around 14,000 additional services, shorter wait times and extra clinical staff.

We want young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that we’re backing quality frontline support.

Our Government understands the huge mental health challenge facing many Australians, particularly young Australians. Around 560,000 children and adolescents are estimated to have mental illness, and one in four young Australians experience it in any given year.

Our support for headspace gives young Australians a single entry point to friendly primary care that includes early intervention services and support for physical and mental wellbeing.

Within our funding injection for headspace, $39 million will go towards services and staff while $12.8 million will ensure headspace National can continue to run eheadspace so young people can access support when they need it.

The additional investment is on top of the $95.7 million per year we have already committed to the 107 headspace centres running across the country.

headspace has increased the number of services it delivers from around 259,000 in 2014/15 to around 382,000 in 2017/18. Last year, approximately 33,800 young people accessed eheadspace. Our funding boost will help headspace meet the increasing demands for their services, today and in coming years.

headspace is just one plank in our government’s work to support Australia’s mental health services.

We’re committed to ensuring that Australians can get information, advice, understanding, counselling and treatment, when and where they need it.

Our plan for a stronger economy means we can guarantee essential services like mental health support, with an unprecedented $4.7 billion investment being made in mental health this year alone.