Centre helps put lives back on track

Michelle Tran and Kathy Smith at the opening of Headspace, Inala.
Michelle Tran and Kathy Smith at the opening of Headspace, Inala. Inga WIlliams

THE mental health and wellbeing of the south west's young people received a boost last week, with the opening of a new headspace centre.

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, and has already helped thousands of young people get their lives back on track.

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The Inala centre is the second to open in Brisbane this year and will provide information, support and services to young people aged 12 to 25.

Operations manager for the new facility Kathy Smith said the site was accessible by any young people, no matter how big or small their problem seemed.

"We have qualified professionals available to assist with a range of issues," Mr Smith said.

"Some of these include mental health support and counselling, general physical and sexual health services, education and employment and alcohol and drug services."

Ms Smith said early intervention made a significant difference to how quickly young people could get their lives back on track.

Among the people who attended the centre's official launch last Wednesday was headspace volunteer worker Michelle Tran.

Having once struggled with depression, the 17-year-old high school student said the venue would be a real benefit to youths in the area.

Miss Tran, who plans to study social work after graduating, has been working with headspace once a fortnight as part of the centre's youth advisory group.

The group recently recommended Headspace provided a homework club program for high school students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

"Inala is such a multicultural region," Miss Tran said.

"A number of students have non-English speaking parents who have trouble helping them with homework.

"So we started this initiative to help those young people."

The headspace centre is located at Inala Plaza, opposite Kittyhawk Ave.

Ms Smith encouraged any young people interested in volunteering or accessing any of the services to call 3727 5000 or visit headspace.org.au.



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