Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and Member for Dunkley Chris Crewther yesterday announced the delivery of $240,000 in funding for Frankston Headspace, ensuring vital mental health services are available to young people in the local community for the next two years.
A total of $750,000 will fund youth mental health services from St Kilda to the Mornington Peninsula, through the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network – delivering on a key election commitment.
“Mental health is a key priority for the Turnbull Government and this funding will help improve the lives of many young people and their families,” Minister Hunt said.
“Frankston Headspace is now developing and trialling new initiatives to tackle severe youth mental health issues, including hiring trained youth workers to engage with young people and connect them with the right service.
“Mental health is an issue that is very close to my heart and I want to be a strong advocate for greater understanding and community awareness, ensuring we have the necessary resources to help deal with this very important issue,” Minister Hunt said.
Mr Crewther said: “This delivers on our election commitment to improve assistance for young people with mental health issues in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula.”
“Additional funding to Frankston Headspace will assist the centre to continue the fantastic work it does to help our young people,” he said.
This funding builds on the work already undertaken to deliver regionally focused mental health services through the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, in partnership with the Victorian Government and local service providers.