A new headspace centre for Mandurah is one step closer, with the tender process to run an early intervention mental health service for 12 to 25-year-olds now open.

WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), the peak planning and commissioning body for primary health care services in WA, is seeking applications from potential service providers to run the service from July 2018.

The new centre will first operate from a temporary location, and is expected to relocate to the new Peel Youth Health Hub in 2019.

The headspace model is designed to make it as easy as possible for a young person and their family to access the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.

This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and other drug services.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie, said the headspace centre would be key to tackling youth mental health concerns, which continue to be a significant issue in the Peel region.

“The location of a headspace centre in Mandurah is thanks in no small part to a strong grassroots campaign supported by the local community,” Mr Hastie said.

“A petition of over 3400 signatures greatly strengthened the case for Mandurah to the Minister for Health.

“This latest development brings us another step closer to launching a youth friendly mental health service that will help our young people to live happier and healthier lives.”

– Mandurah Mail

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