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Youth Mental Health Service Gets Boost in Hills & South Coast

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A youth mental health service has received a cash injection of $600,000 for its South Coast and Adelaide Hills bushfire outreach programs.

As part of the Federal Government’s $76 million investment in mental health during the bushfire crisis, headspace in Victor Harbor and Mt Barker will receive funding to support young people processing trauma.

CEO Jason Trethowan said he is pleased to see the response from the Government and the acknowledgement of the huge impact events like bushfires can have on the mental health of people in the community.

“What’s happening right now in Australia is an awful tragedy and our thoughts go out to those affected. We know events such as this can have a widespread and potentially long lasting impact so it’s pleasing to see the Government placing critical focus on mental health recovery.

Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has congratulated the Health Minister for his responsiveness, saying the funding is much needed.

“All bushfire affected communities have a long road to recovery ahead of them and we are going to need extra mental health resources as part of that recovery and we are going to need tailored resources," Ms Sharkie said.

“I am also keen for our communities to  work with the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation to train local people in mental health first aid.”

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