Headspace to be established in Monash

A Headspace facility in Monash will support the mental wellbeing of young people aged 12-25.

Headspace is coming to Monash.

The service, which supports the mental wellbeing of young people, is expected to be established next year.

The federal government announced in April it would fund a headspace in Monash following a community campaign.

Monash Mayor Shane McCluskey said the Monash Young Person’s Reference Group and council had been instrumental in the campaign.

“The determination and dedication of our young people, who have campaigned for more than five years for a headspace in Monash has finally paid off,” Cr McCluskey said.

During the campaign, there were more than 4000 postcards signed by the community in support of a headspace.

There were also a number of meetings over the past few years between mayors, young people and federal politicians, including a trip to Canberra to meet with the ministerial advisor for Health Minister Greg Hunt.

The push also included the #RaiseYourHand4MonashYouth campaign. 

The campaign featured a powerful video of young people speaking about the effects of mental health issues on the youth of Monash.

“We are in awe of the young people in this community who have fought so hard to have this facility in Monash,” Cr McCluskey said.

“There is no doubt that having greater access to help for issues relating to youth mental health, like a headspace service, will make an enormous difference in the lives of our young people, assisting them to live happier and healthier lives and reach their full potential.”

Headspace centres offer help for young people aged 12-25 who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support .

There are more than 1000 headspace centres across the country.