headspace Katoomba Opens Wednesday 19 August

Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) and headspace Katoomba, led by Parramatta Mission, have been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure the opinions and input of young people from the community were factored into the build of the satellite. This will ensure headspace Katoomba is a safe space for young people to access support.

Mim, aged 16, and a member of the headspace Katoomba Youth Advisory Committee, spoke about the importance of having local young people involved in the design of the service.  “It’s been very important to have had young people input on the design and development of headspace Katoomba. The service is aimed at young people, so having that extra feedback and input means that the service is addressing what young people in the community think is important.”

headspace Katoomba will provide support for mental health, work and study, as well as alcohol and other drugs. These are some of the services already implemented across over 115 headspace locations across the country, having supported over 620,000 young people since inception.

The mountains region has been faced with many unfortunate events over the last 12 months such as bushfires, floods, and now COVID. With this in mind, the arrival of headspace Katoomba is a timely one and much needed to support the health of young people in the community to help them get through this challenging time.

headspace Katoomba will also be in the privileged position to provide support to those that affected by the recent bushfires. Parramatta Mission is currently introducing the Bushfire Relief Service across the Blue Mountains region - a service which will utilise headspace Katoomba as a hub to provide support to young people affected.

Keith Hamilton Senior Minister CEO at Parramatta Mission stated, “The need for services such as headspace in the Blue Mountains region is well documented, we are looking forward to working with other youth services in the region to make a collective impact in the community”.

Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay, said, "We are so excited to see this vital service for young people and their families open in the Blue Mountains. Early intervention programs such as headspace are critical, as they not only impact young people’s lives in the present but can influence the whole community as these young people mature into adulthood.”

"Given the unique challenges of the COVID pandemic, I want to recognise the hard work and dedication of all the people involved in getting this service up and running. During these unprecedented times, we hope that this service will be a safe place for young people to seek the help and care they need for their mental health concerns."

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