Above: Hannah (left) and Sasha (right) at the youth forum, with Tahlia from Flourish Australia Broken Hill in between them
Flourish Australia is the lead agency in the partnership which now operates the new headspace at 231 Blende Street Broken Hill. From here, we will deliver full headspace services to young people of the Far West in a youth-friendly environment.
“headspace is all about providing easy, seamless and discreet support to young people experiencing mental health issues,” says Flourish Australia CEO Pam Rutledge.
Services will include youth mental health assessments and support, alcohol and drug services, vocation and education services as well as external referrals to other local services to help young people on their mental health recovery journeys.
A Youth Reference Group was formed to provide ideas and guidance on how the service can best assist the region. The group will have 15 members once it is running at full capacity.
Two of the members of the reference group travelled to Sydney in July to attend the Recovery Action Youth Forum. One of them was Sasha Cox, who in April 2017 received the annual NSW State Emergency Services (SES) Cadet of the Year award, presented by the Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst. The other was Hannah Evers who we understand has some experience in building robots(!) Looks like the youth of the Far West are definitely on the ball!
Like other headspaces, headspace Broken Hill will be a “one stop shop” operating a “no wrong door policy”, Which means that as many services as possible will be offered under the one roof. Anyone who has had to negotiate the maze of different services out there will appreciate that this is a big plus!
Apart from Flourish Australia, the other members of the local consortium include:
LifeLine Broken Hill
Far West Local Health District
Nachiappan Medical Centre
ACON and other services will also be providing support.
Young people can get information by visiting the new office, by calling on (02) 9393 9515 or by emailing email@example.com