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Young people in Esperance and surrounds will now have easier access to mental health services with the opening of a new satellite Headspace service this week.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Federal Government has established the new Headspace to provide mental health services to young people in the region.

“There are more pressures on young people today than ever before and the establishment of this headspace is so important in providing needed services in Esperance,” Mr Wilson said.

“Young Australians should be able to get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it.”

“The new Headspace service will deliver quality frontline support and ensure the best possible care for people who are at risk.”

The headspace program aims to improve access for young people aged 12 to 25 years who have, or are at risk of, mental illness.

One in four people aged 16 to 24 experiences some form of mental illness every year, and three-quarters of all mental illness manifests in people under the age of 25.

Headspace offers early intervention services across four key areas – mental health, related physical health, social and vocational support, and alcohol and other drug use.

Services provide tailored and holistic mental health support, working closely with young people at a crucial time in their lives to help get them back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.

Services are co-designed with young people to ensure they are relevant, accessible and highly effective.

The new headspace will be at 18 Andrews St, Esperance and it has been commissioned by the Western Australia Primary Health Alliance.

The service was established as part of the $111.3 million announcement to establish 30 new headspace services through the 2019-20 Federal Government Budget.

A further $30 million was announced during the election campaign to establish or upgrade an additional 10 services.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.