THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
Youth across the Southern Peninsula officially have a new sanctuary to access more quality mental health care following the official opening of Jimmy’s Place in Rosebud.
In 2019, the Morrison Government contributed $1.2 million to make Jimmy’s Place a reality – in collaboration with Jimmy’s Foundation and the YMCA’s Peninsula Youth Services, to deliver better access to supportive services for local Youth.
Minister Hunt congratulated Jimmy’s Foundation on the stunning new sanctuary for the Southern Peninsulas youth.
“Jimmy’s Foundation have gone above and beyond to create a stunning, safe space for local youth to access the mental health support they need, Minister Hunt said.
“This isn’t just any place, it’s Jimmy’s Place and it’s heart warming to see the story of James Henry Crawford, who’s life was cut tragically short, memorialised in such a beautiful way through his mother Sarah’s work.
“This specialised space with allow the YMCA’s Peninsula Youth Services to expand on the phenomenal work they do – as it allows them to provide greater access to mental health services, mentorship and support programs to improve health outcomes for local youth in need.”
Founder of Jimmy’s Foundation, Sarah Darling said that both herself and her daughter Missy are very excited about the Jimmy’s building.
“I’m sure my late son, James, would be delighted and very proud,” Sarah Darling said.
“Nick Cini was the architect, Fiona Brockhoff designed the garden, Fleetwood were the builders and Sam Geoghegan was the landscaper.
“But even more exciting is that the [YMCA] Peninsula Youth Services led by Jeanette Horsley and her great local team have exceeded our expectations by a mile and are doing the most amazing work – not just for the young people on our Peninsula, but the whole community.”
“It makes our hearts sing and we are all so grateful.”
YMCA Peninsula Youth Services Manager Jeanette Horsley said that for more than a decade, the group has supported young people across the local community.
“One of our challenges has been securing the right premises in order to help those who need us most,” Jeanette Horsley said.
“Now in our vibrant new home at Jimmy’s we can continue to grow our service and help more young people with the challenges they are facing.
“Our workshops, retreats and activities provide a safe space to connect and help young people see positive changes and opportunities. Everyone is welcome and safe.
“We also reach out to support those young people and their families who may be facing some complex challenges.”
The Morrison Government’s $1.2 million contribution to make Jimmy’s Place a reality affirms our commitment to providing better access to mental health support for Australia’s youth.
Jimmy’s Place provides YMCA’s Peninsula Youth Services’ with a greater ability to provide quality mental health services for young people experiencing mental health crises and emotional challenges with a focus on prevention and intervention.
For further information, visit the Jimmy’s Foundation website at www.jimmys.org.au