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headspace Lithgow marks a year of service

14-08-2020 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

It’s been one year since headspace Lithgow opened, and in that time the centre has achieved incredible things for the community, and provided a place of refuge for young people dealing with challenging times.

Since doors opened, Bonnie Bassett, Satellite Lead/Senior Youth Care Coordinator, says the team have worked hard to create a fit-for-purpose centre, offering wrap-around supports ranging from mental health, general health, vocational and educational services, drug and alcohol and social groups.

“We have also implemented a short-term, crisis intervention service, Youth+, that’s unique to our centre. Services like this have been designed specifically to meet the needs of the Lithgow community,” Ms Bassett said.

Recent events like the bushfire crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have shined a spotlight on the service as a crucial haven of support for young people.

“We’re so thankful to the community for campaigning hard for this centre to be created. Because of them, young people have had local headspace support during this incredibly stressful year,” Ms Bassett said.

Amy*, a member of headspace Lithgow’s Youth Reference, says the centre has been a place of importance for young people.

“Lithgow has had a pretty hard year, and it’s been great to have headspace here for support. I found headspace really beneficial and I have a lot of friends who have told me how helpful it was for them too,” Amy said.

Lizz Reay, CEO of headspace Lithgow’s funding body, Wentworth Healthcare, says the service will continue to be a safe space for young people, having proven its purpose during some of the most challenging times in the last 12 months.

“We are proud of the role we played in helping to advocate for this much needed service. Over past year, the Lithgow community has experienced more than most - intense drought, raging bushfires and then a world-wide pandemic. During these unprecedented times, headspace has given the young people of Lithgow a safe place to receive holistic care and has helped to break down the stigma of seeking help for mental health concerns.

“We congratulate the team on their hard work and dedication over the past year and we look forward to seeing even more positive outcomes for local young people in the future,” said Ms Reay.

The team at headspace Lithgow thank:

  • Young people, their families and the greater community for embracing the service
  • All local schools and organisations such as the Noffs Foundation for their support
  • Funding body Wentworth Healthcare provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN
  • Lead agency Marathon Health

headspace Lithgow is supported by funding from Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN as part of the Australian Government’s PHN program. The service is managed by lead agency, Marathon Health.

*Name changed to protect identity.

The stats:

  • 164 young people seen
  • 818 services delivered
  • Essential support during COVID-19 and bushfire crisis
  • Staff including psychologists, GP, drug and alcohol caseworker, psychiatrist, intake officers and community engagement
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