Healthy North Coast has provided nearly $250,000 through its PHN Program to help boost services at headspace Grafton.
The Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said $249,763 had been allocated to the headspace Demand Management and Enhancement Program.
Mr Hogan said the program was designed to help reduce wait times through staff training and development, as well as provide upgrades to headspace Grafton’s IT equipment and systems.
He also announced an additional $1,054,560 for headspace Grafton’s Individual Placement and Support Program, which has been extended until 2024.
‘headspace offers a safe, welcoming place where young people can get non-judgmental professional help and peer support, so they can tackle their challenges in a way that is right for them,’ Mr Hogan said.
Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess said there was high demand for local services for young people, and the PHN funding would help headspace Grafton to expand services and improve access to youth-friendly mental health support.
‘Many young people have also been substantially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it more important than ever to ensure timely access to youth mental health services,’ Ms Sturgess said.
GenHealth operates headspace Grafton. It is a free, youth-friendly confidential service located at 59 Duke Street. Drop in any time between 9 am and 5 pm or alternatively call (02) 6642 1520.
Healthy North Coast supports 5 headspace centres across the region.