Member for Barker Tony Pasin said from today young people aged 12-25 dealing with mental health issues will be able to access services from headspace’s new permanent stand alone premises in Murray Bridge.

Headspace Murray Bridge, which has been operating since 2008 by Lead Agency Murray Mallee General Practice Network, marked this significant day by hosting a community event to showcase the range of services available.

“Headspace Murray Bridge received additional funding of $686,202 to relocate and upgrade premises situated at 10 Second Street, Murray Bridge allowing them to offer additional services, implement brief intervention therapies and establish a walk-in clinic. The facility now has 12 consulting spaces at the new site, with ample meeting space for youth activities.” Mr Pasin said.

“The funding for Headspace Murray Bridge was part of a $24.5 million commitment to reduce waiting times at centres around Australia.” Mr Pasin said.

“One in four young Australians is affected by a mental health illness every year, and as we battle COVID-19 it’s more important than ever that we prioritise mental health,” Mr Pasin said.

“Headspace is somewhere young people can get professional help, peer support and feel comfortable enough to tackle their challenges in a way that is right for them.” Mr Pasin said.

“Headspace provides access to free or low cost youth-friendly, primary mental health services with a single entry point to holistic care in four key areas—mental health, related physical health, substance misuse, and social and vocational support.”

Murray Mallee General Practice Network understands the importance of headspace services being easily accessible and delivered in a youth-friendly way.

Murray Mallee General Practice Network CEO Cathy Spanton said they are proud to be a committed contributor to the headspace initiative, having been the Lead Agency for headspace Murray Bridge since 2009.

“The increase in size and capacity of our centre ensures we are in a strong position to respond to the increase in demand and complexity of young people in our region.” Ms Spanton said.

“We can now offer an improved range of services tailored to suit young peoples needs and cover mental health, physical health and regular group activities.” Ms Spanton said.