EMMA MCBRIDE MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CARERS
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DOBELL
LONG WAIT, NO DATE FOR HEADSPACE WYONG
It’s been two long years since the Morrison Government first promised a headspace at Wyong but despite the long wait, we still don’t have an opening date.
In the week before the 2019 election, the Government announced $1.5 million for headspace Wyong, and they’ve since confirmed it would be up and running by 2021/22.
It’s now October, which is national Mental Health Awareness Month, and Coasties still don’t know when headspace Wyong will open.
“There is a desperate need for more mental health services on the Coast, especially for young people,” Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride said.
“It’s been more than two years since the announcement, demand is surging, waiting times are growing and we still don’t have a date.”
“After two years of waiting, our community deserves to know when they will finally get the extra support they desperately need.”
In the middle of a pandemic, demand for mental health services has never been greater and long wait times for Headspace at Lakehaven and Gosford mean more young people are at risk.
It’s particularly tough for Year 12 students who are getting ready for their HSC exams, and Ms. McBride says lockdown is only adding to their stress.
“These students need support and certainty, now,” Ms. McBride said.
“To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness month, I’m asking the Government to step up and be clear about when headspace Wyong will open.
“Coasties can’t afford to wait any longer, this is urgent.”
FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER