Anthony Byrne MP, Federal Member for Holt, visited Headspace Narre Warren as part of National Youth Week with a number of Casey’s young leaders.
As part of National Youth Week Anthony Byrne MP convened a meeting with representatives of Casey’s Youth that included Dani Rothwell, Amanda Carron, Adam Sullivan, Faisal Najibi, Syed Najibi, Mujeeb Najibi and Bao Truong, to receive a briefing from the staff at Headspace Narre Warren on how this local youth mental health service can assist Casey’s youth.
The ages of between 15 and 24 years are a crucial time in the development of a young person. It coincides with the peak onset of serious mental illness, including a first episode of psychosis. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, mental illness accounts for 50 per cent of the total disease burden among young people aged 12 to 25 years in Australia, and 75 per cent of mental disorders will have developed by the age of 25. Therefore, concerted efforts focusing on early identification and effective intervention have now become an increasing public health priority, not only for Australia but throughout the world.
In light of this it is important that we now have a Headspace in Narre Warren that will provide youth mental health advice, support and information to young people aged 12-25 years. There are approximately 60,000 young people in the Casey region. Headspace Narre Warren also provides early-psychosis treatment EPPIC or a Helping Young People Early (HYPE) service to young people. EPPIC is a world renowned model of specialised early intervention in psychosis care, first developed by Professor Patrick McGorry, former Australian of the Year, at Orygen Youth Health in 1992. Headspace Narre Warren will hold its grand opening shortly. After a long community campaign it is fantastic that the facility will be fully operational.
“National Youth Week is a great week to meet with young people. Casey’s youth have been instrumental in campaigning for Headspace Narre Warren. It is vital they understand what the facility has to offer so they can spread the word about the great benefits of this Headspace for local young people in our community,’ said Mr Byrne.
National Youth Week (NYW) is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 from across Australia are involved in NYW each year. This is the perfect opportunity for young Australians to embrace the 2015 theme of It starts with us and jump on board the most epic celebration of young people in Australia.
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