Young people in Box Hill and surrounds will finally have a Headspace dedicated to early intervention mental health services under an Albanese Labor Government.
Labor Candidate for Chisholm, Carina Garland, said that if elected Labor would provide $3.6 million over the next three years to create the first Headspace centre in Box Hill.
“The last few years have been difficult for so many people right across the country, and in our community. This has affected mental health, with young people in particular adversely impacted.
“I am sick of waiting for the Morrison Government to act on youth mental health,” Ms Garland said.
“The pandemic isn’t over yet and we know the recovery is going to require social and emotional support.
“I won’t be the decision-maker for what happens over the next two months, but I can give people hope that if Labor wins the May election, we will have a full-service Headspace in Box Hill. No questions, no delays, no excuses.
“We will fund it, staff it, and open it. This just can’t wait.
“The Liberals have had nine years to do this, and for nine years they’ve sat on their hands. If they took mental health seriously, we would have had a Headspace to support young people years ago, including through waves of the pandemic over the past two years.
“Instead, all we’ve had is broken promises a Prime Minister who has failed our community and our young people at every turn.
“I am proud to be fighting for the mental health support that people young and old need to help come to terms with the trauma so many have experienced. “I want people to know that I’m not waiting for some big media announcement about this Headspace – people have enough to worry about right now, and I want them to know that, if we’re elected, they can trust that a Headspace will follow.”
COMMENT FROM SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING MARK BUTLER:
From COVID-19 to everyday pressures, demand for mental health support has surged to record levels across the country.
Young people in Box Hill and surrounds should already have had access to more mental health support during the pandemic, but Scott Morrison has been too slow to act.
Carina and Labor know the importance of expanding mental health services in the Box Hill and that’s why we will deliver a full-service headspace.
We need to make sure we have the right resources in place so young Australians can get the care they need.
The mental health and wellbeing of young Australia is too important. They can’t afford to wait any longer.