The federal government has announced that a leading youth mental health service will open in more than ten new locations as part of its latest initiative.
In an announcement by the minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler yesterday (June 6), 13 more headspace centres will open across the country, including five in New South Wales.
According to Mr Butler, while mental health is the single biggest issue facing young Australians today, 92 per cent of people have reported improvements in their mental health after using headspace.
"With the right early interventions we can give young people a better future and help them fully participate in the social and economic life of our community," he said.
"headspace gives young people and their families and carers somewhere to turn. The new centres will provide information, promote early detection and offer holistic care tailored to young people in the areas of mental health, physical health, alcohol and drug use, and social and vocational support."
A Medicare rebate of up to $120 is available if a Mental Health Treatment Plan and referral to headspace is obtained from a GP.
Some private health insurance policies may also provide access to services not covered by Medicare, such as psychology resources.