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headspace Outreach begins

headspace Outreach begins

July sees headspace outreach services open in Armidale, Gunnedah, Moree and Narrabri for service delivery from Centacare NENW locations.

“We’re excited about being able to provide these exceptional programs and services to the young people in these towns,” said Fergus Fitzsimons, CEO of Centacare NENW the lead agency in the consortium that delivers headspace. “Centacare is focused on helping young people achieve their goals and we welcome the opportunity provided through this federal funding to expand the exceptional services of headspace Tamworth to Armidale, Gunnedah, Moree and Narrabri.”

headspace outreach services will provide specialist mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25 years, with an early intervention focus. The headspace model is based on an easy-to-use, enhanced primary care service that works in an integrated way to meet the needs of young people who have developed a disruption of their physical, emotional and or social well-being. Headspace outreach services in each of these 4 locations will be free for young people, open to self-referral and cultural appropriate, making it easier for young people to access necessary mental health support.

headspace is a ‘safe place’ for all community members, regardless of their gender, race, sexuality or other identifier. The Centre and all outreach sites respect the ‘safe place’ principles of: Care about each other; Trying the best we can; and Making sure you feel safe. headspace services strengthen and support the community by helping its young people find a path in life where they are more resilient and able to deal with the inevitable bumps along the way. By treating these issues early and providing a holistic model of support, the risk of them developing into more serious problems, is greatly decreased.

At each of the 4 sites headspace Tamworth has partnered with Beyond Blue to deliver the New Access model of care. This program is an evidence based program that fits uniquely into the early intervention aims of headspace and provides young people with flexibility around the delivery of services. “The New Access model provides young people with a choice regarding how their services are delivered – face to face in our offices, over the phone, or via a video link up. We believe this flexibility will appeal to young people busy with school, work, home life and friends,” said Azaan Vhora, centre Manager for the outreach sites.

If you are interested in finding out more about the headspace services in your town, or you would like to refer someone, please call:

Armidale – (02) 6738 7272

Gunnedah – (02) 6741 4444

Moree – (02) 6750 8585

Narrabri – (02) 6792 9393

Tamworth – (02) 6762 9290

For more information regarding other services delivered by Centacare NENW call 1800 372 826.

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