LNP incumbent promises headspace facility for youth mental health in Beaudesert

HEADSPACE: Scott Buchholz says the LNP will fund better resources for youth mental health in Beaudesert.
HEADSPACE: Scott Buchholz says the LNP will fund better resources for youth mental health in Beaudesert.

SCOTT Buchholz has announced a $1.5 million LNP promise to establish a new headspace centre in Beaudesert to support young people facing mental health challenges.

The headspace program aims to improve access for young people aged 12 to 25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness. headspace offers early intervention services across four key areas-mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

The incumbent Wright MP said one in four people aged 16 to 24 experienced some form of mental illness every year and three-quarters of all mental illness manifested in people under the age of 25.

"The new headspace centre in Beaudesert will provide vital services and deliver innovative support for young people in our region," Mr Buchholz said.

"I am committed to ensuring young Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.

"These new frontline services will help deliver that support in the Scenic Rim."

Mr Buchholz said this investment would build on the Morrison government's $503 million youth and Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention plan - the largest investment of its kind in the country's history.

The new service in Beaudesert would be one of 153 sites nationally.