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New headspace services for Lithgow

Thanks to the Federal Government, a new headspace service will soon be available to the young people in and around the Lithgow area in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

The Lithgow region has been identified as an area of high need, with rates of suicide and self-harm.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said the local community and surrounding areas deserve access to youth friendly mental health services, like all young people across Australia.

“The headspace service in Lithgow will ensure any young person who may be going through a tough time is welcomed into an inclusive and youth-friendly environment,” Mr Trethowan said.

“We are thankful to the Australian Government for their ongoing support for increased headspace services around the country.”

The Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network will now begin planning for the satellite service in Lithgow, with services expected to be available within 12 months.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt said early intervention was absolutely critical to helping young people with mental health issues.

“These new headspace services would deliver more front-line support and critically, coordinate the right interventions for at risk young people,” Minister Hunt said.

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said “Mental health issues have been a real concern for the Lithgow community in recent times with tragic cases of local people taking their own lives. The pain and anguish in the community has been immense.

“Bolstering mental health services for Lithgow has been a top priority for me and the entire community and after taking this issue to the Health Minister, I’m very pleased that the Federal Government has responded to the needs of the Lithgow area,” Mr Gee said.

Here you can read the full media release from The Hon. Greg Hunt MP Minster for Health.

If you, or someone you know, are going through a tough time you can contact your nearest headspace centre, or talk to someone at eheadspace.org.au