Penrith Head to Health Now Open

An innovative new adult mental health service has opened in Penrith that promises to change the way people access mental health services in the region.

Located at 111 Henry Street and open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including public holidays, the Penrith Head to Health Centre provides walk-in support, without the need of a prior appointment, to individuals experiencing distress or crisis. The Centre also supports those wanting to find other mental health support for themselves, or someone they care about.

The Federal Government has invested $14 million into the Penrith Head to Health Centre as part of its 2019-20 Prioritising Mental Health budget measure. The Centre is one of eight being trialled nationally over next five years, with one located in each state and territory. Wentworth Healthcare, the provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, is delivering the concept and has commissioned Neami National to operate the Centre.

The Penrith Centre is the first Head to Health Centre to open in the country and will help to provide individuals with a soft entry into mental health and wellbeing support. This will be particularly helpful for people who may not have accessed mental health service before, and who may feel overwhelmed by the thought of trying to seek formal help. People who are unable to visit the Centre in person can also access support through the Centre via telehealth.

Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay said, “We are so excited to see this innovative service officially open in our community. This Centre couldn't have come at a better time, as we see the pressures of the ongoing pandemic and compounding trauma, such as drought, floods and bushfires take its toll on many of our residents.”

“This service is a game changer for integrating the mental health space in our area and the way we support those experiencing mental health concerns, as it not only provides direct support but helps to connect people to other mental health services across the region,” she said.

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