Today is National headspace Day, which puts the issue of young Australians’ mental health in the spotlight.
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, today encouraged young Australians on the Mornington Peninsula to take part in National headspace Day by attending a local event, by talking and sharing ideas with family and friends and by learning tips to help build and maintain a healthy headspace.
“National headspace Day draws attention to a significant issue in our region and encourages young people to discuss their mental health and take steps to improve their wellbeing,” Minister Hunt said.
“About 560,000 Australian children and adolescents are estimated to have a mental illness and one in four young Australians aged 16 to 24 experiences mental illness in any given year.
“Young people need to look after their mental health and wellbeing on an ongoing basis, and headspace National has released wellbeing kits, with seven tips for a healthy headspace.
“The Morrison Government is committed to supporting headspace and to giving young people access to services early in life to help reduce the duration and impact of mental illness.
“Locally, we are providing new services to help youth mental health, including our $1.5 million investment into the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Southern Youth Hub and $1.5 million for headspace satellite services in Hastings and Rosebud.”
“In 2019–20, the Government will provide almost $120 million across the 111 headspace services across Australia, and we committed $111.3 million over seven years in the 2019–20 Budget to expand the headspace network to 145 services by 2021.”
For more information on the day and how to be involved, along with the digital wellbeing kits, visit www.headspace.org.au
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