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New program breaks down traditional barriers to mental health support for young people

03-11-2020 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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Marathon Health are proud to announce that NewAccess– a free mental health coaching program designed by Beyond Blue – is now available to young people aged 12 and over.

NewAccess mental health coaches are now able to adapt the service for younger clients, previously only offering it to people aged over 16, in response to the need for more accessible, local mental health support.

Kylie Lawless, Marathon Health Team Lead – NewAccess, says the ability to deliver the program to younger people is timely, as regional areas tend to experience longer waits for psychological intervention, due to the high demand for limited services.

“One in four young Australians aged between 16-24 years experiences at least one mental health concern each year. NewAccess is very easily accessible, there’s no need for a referral, so we’re trying to remove as many potential barriers to accessing support as we can,” Ms Lawless said.

 A recent study that evaluated the success of NewAccess for young people found there was an overall improvement in their mental wellbeing. The program’s solution-orientated focus was in particularly appealing to the young people who participated in the research.

Bill Murray, NewAccess Coach, said the use of goal-orientated therapy is a great way to keep young people on task.

“We use workbooks so young people can go away from sessions and keep working towards the goals they’ve identified. It’s a great visual to track your progress and work towards outcomes,” Mr Murray said.

NewAccess is available via phone, video or in-person consultation, no GP referral is necessary and young people can access up to six free sessions. For more information about this program visit marathonhealth.com.au/newaccess

This service is supported by funding from the Western NSW Primary Health Network as part of the Australian Government’s PHN program.

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