Beaudesert youth to benefit from headspace mental health service

HEADSPACE: Ash Simpson, Scott Buchholz, Tanya Williams and Mike Bosel ay headspace Beaudesert. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
HEADSPACE: Ash Simpson, Scott Buchholz, Tanya Williams and Mike Bosel ay headspace Beaudesert. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

FREE mental health appointments are now available to Scenic Rim youth aged 12 to 25 with the opening of a headspace office on Brisbane Street, Beaudesert.

The service has been operating since June 28 and on Monday welcomed federal MP Scott Buchholz along with Brisbane South Primary Health Network chief executive Mike Bosel who took a tour of the facility.

Clinical manager of Beaudesert headspace Sam Whybrough said they had received 55 referrals in the first two weeks of operations.

"We offer mental health services, vocational support and linking people to other appropriate services," he said.

"It has been good to talk to families about what services they are receiving now and what they need."

Mr Bosel said primary health needs in Beaudesert were the focus of establishing headspace in the town.

"For Beaudesert, the biggest problem was not asthma or arthritis, it was mental health," he said.

"Now we have this facility here we can build other services around here."

Mr Buchholz and Buddy.

Mr Buchholz and Buddy.

Stride, the agency delivering the headspace program, was represented by regional manager Ash Simpson and national business development manager Ellen Heathwood.

The group said they would be going into schools to run a mental health literacy program for students and had been in touch with guidance officers at local state schools as well as The Kooralbyn International School and Boonah State Schools.

Mr Buchholz spoke about the efforts of the Beaudesert Chamber of Commerce to set up a PCYC in town and the headspace administrators said there would be an opportunity for the organisations to work together.

The tour of the facility included an inspection of consultation rooms where the staff of five allied health professionals were working.

A GP room provided space for a medical doctor to see patients, while an airy conference room was ready to hold group therapy sessions. Each of the rooms was named and decorated in consultation with Beaudesert youth.

Mr Simpson said they included Mates Space for men and Her Space for women.

"We are also able to consult with psychiatrists in Melbourne via telepsychiatry," he said.

Also present was Buddy the golden retriever therapy dog, who shares the working week with a Boston terrier colleague.

Services at headspace are free of charge and appointments can be made by calling 5515 1899 or emailing headspace.Beaudesert@stride.com.au

Find out more at headspace.org.au/Beaudesert.