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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – PAGE 19
By Elisa Rose
Members of Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie’s
youth advisory group, Young Mayo, have
welcomed the opening of a Headspace
outreach in Mt Barker after months of
campaigning for better mental health
services in the area.
However, the group is calling for further
A Headspace outreach was opened in Mt
Barker late last year, offering services to young
people with complex or high risk issues.
The office, which is located at 57 Wellington
Road, has several clinicians working Monday
to Friday who will help to assess and offer help
to young people with existing complex mental
health issues or a high level of risk.
However, clients have to meet certain criteria
to access the services at the outreach, which
include mental health counselling and case
co-ordination to help manage their access to
other services including GPs.
Full Headspace centres, like the one in
Murray Bridge, generally offer a broader range
of services including preventative services,
community engagement and awareness,
physical and mental health education, group
programs and drug and alcohol services.
Young Mayo recently collected almost 500
signatures on a petition calling for a similar
full Headspace service in the Hills.
But while Ms Sharkie is “delighted” with the
new outreach, she said it was “disappointing”
that a full Headspace centre hadn’t been
opened in the Hills.
“At present the outreach can only offer
services to young people with complex mental
health and psychosocial issues, but I know the
demand is there and I and Young Mayo will
keep advocating for a full Headspace,” she said.
“Recent statistics show that 15 out of every
100 people in the Mt Barker regional area
suffer from mental health related issues.
“... And with the district’s population forecast
to grow from about 30,000 in 2017 to 50,000
by 2036, I don’t think it will be long before
the Government recognises the need for a full
Headspace centre in our region.”
The outreach is funded by the Country
Primary Health Network and clients can self-
refer or be referred to the outreach by other
service providers or health care professionals.
The outreach service can be contacted on
Youth mental health outreach
welcomed, but more needed
I and Young Mayo will
keep advocating for a full
– Rebekha Sharkie
By Rhody Gleeson
Hills volleyballers were celebrating
well into the new year after a successful
trip to Melbourne for the Australian
Schools Volleyball Cup.
Eastern Fleurieu School and Heathfield
High School both performed well with the
Year 11 EFS boys taking out the gold medal
for their age group while Heathfield’s open
honors girls claimed gold in the top division.
Heathfield volleyball manager Scott
Stuart said he was extremely proud of the
school’s 210 students who took part.
“Everyone worked hard in preparation
and during the week to achieve amazing
results in all age groups and all divisions
and it was also fantastic to see Eastern
Fleurieu claiming a win, it just goes to show
the outstanding level of volleyball talent in
the Hills,” he said.
On Heathfield High
School’s winning girls
team were manager
Renee O’Connor, back
left, Danielle Green,
MVP Claudia Taylor,
Eden Mutton, Anna
Schoof, Alice Kelleher
and coach Lachlan
Abbott, Courtney Green,
front left, captain
Scarlett Dohert, Kirsty
Manuel and Georgia
School Year 11
Jordan Bissett, left,
team manager Ryan
Wood, Maxwell van
Dijk, Ryleigh Crombie,
Noah Kiriakou, Thomas
Dalitz, Mason Peglar
and coach Rune Gilfoy.
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