Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan has welcomed a funding boost for local mental health services to ensure young people at the early stages of severe mental illness can access specialist clinical care.
Headspace in Osborne Park is among the 14 recipients of a $110 million Federal Government investment which will allow the centre to continue providing its Early Psychosis Youth Services program over the next two years.
Mr Keenan said it’s an important program in Stirling to reduce the impact of psychosis in the community and support young people most at risk of developing it.
“Three quarters of all mental illnesses are developed in people under the age of 25 and they require consistent and ongoing care and support,” Mr Keenan said.
“The Early Psychosis Youth Services program’s main focus is on functional recovery and ensuring re-engagement with education and employment, which will ultimately lead to better long-term outcomes.”
This funding is on top of the Coalition’s recent $51.8 million investment in headspace centres across Australia.
The Liberal-National Government is prioritising better mental health for all Australians with $4.7 billion expected to be spent on mental health this financial year.