Valley doesn't need a headspace, says Hogan

DESPITE a small number of dedicated youth mental health services in the Clarence Valley, the message from the Federal Government and experts is the region does not require one of the proposed 15 new headspace sites.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan told The Daily Examiner representatives from youth mental health service headspace had been in consultations with Health Minister Sussan Ley, with the Federal Government agreeing to further funding.

"The Federal Government has funded the establishment of new headspace sites to take total number of sites up to 100," Mr Hogan said.

But it is unlikely the Clarence Valley will be the recipient of one of the new headspace sites with Mr Hogan explaining we already had adequate services on the ground.

"The Clarence Valley has a number of expert services working on youth mental health issues, such as Clarence Valley Mental Health Services, CRANES Community Support and Maclean District Hospital," he said.

Youth mental health expert Garry King agreed and said people should not look at what the Valley does not have but rather look at what it does have and how it could be tailored to suit the needs of youths.

"You have school counsellors, you have a psychologist here and a psychologist there," he said.

"I tend to say to places it is best to focus on what you do have, it is one of the great unsaid. And I think the Clarence Valley has a lot going for it.

"It might not have a headspace, but the Valley does have a council who are getting off their butts and doing things for this issue."

headspace has the ultimate decision on where they implement sites.



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