General News — 13 August 2012
Mental health help for kids

Four new youth mental health centres will be announced for Queensland today.

The Headspace youth centres will be based in Moreton Bay, Rockhampton, Brisbane City and Mount Isa.

Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler said the sites were well positioned to service Queensland’s population.

“We know that one in four young people will experience a mental health issue this year, making it the single biggest issue facing young Australians,” he said. “However three quarters of these people aren’t receiving the professional help they need because of a lack of access to youth-specific mental health services or because they don’t know who to turn to.”

The health service provides assistance for mental health issues, to drug and alcohol problems, physical health, social and vocational support.

The Gillard Government is spending $220 million on 90 Headspace sites nationally.

As first appeared in Courier Mail, 10 August 2012

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