Mental health patients in Tasmania received a boost last week, with a new headspace office opening in the state's capital on February 24.
Federal minister for mental health and ageing Mark Butler and community services minister Julie Collins were on hand to open the latest facility in Hobart – the 33rd headspace site in the country.
"Mental health is the single biggest health issue facing young Australians," Mr Butler stated.
"The new headspace will give young people in Hobart the help they need to get back on their feet, get through tough times and fulfil their potential," Ms Collins added.
headspace provides early intervention mental health services to Australians aged 12 to 25, with a focus on four key areas – mental health, physical health, alcohol and drug use and social and vocational support.
According to the federal government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, one in five Australians will experience some form of mental illness in their lives.
Medicare offers a rebate of up to $120 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.