Mental health support for young people


THE mental health support organisation headspace has opened a satellite service in Rosebud.

While offering three of the four core headspace streams the Rosebud service will also provide outreach support to young people and their families on the Mornington Peninsula.

“Right now, Australians are facing a once in a century challenge,” federal Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt said. “It is not only important during the coronavirus to focus on our physical wellbeing, but also our mental wellbeing”.

Financed by the federal government through the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN), the new service will be delivered by Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS).

Elizabeth Deveny, the health care network’s CEO, said Rosebud was the “perfect location to open a headspace service, especially during this time” of  social isolation.

Jason Trethowan, headspace CEO, said the Rosebud satellite service was important to increase access to mental health support for young people in the area, particularly as young people experience drastic life changes as a result of COVID-19.

The Rosebud service will offer help over the phone or video conferencing, while in-person appointments will be provided “on a needs basis and where able to be provided safely supported by physical distancing guidelines.”

The headspace service will operate 9am–5pm, Tuesday to Thursday at 825 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud.


First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 28 April 2020


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