headspace Wollongong is here for young people

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April 29, 2020

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headspace Wollongong is reminding young people they are here to support their mental health if COVID-19 is creating feelings of uncertainty. 

Service Manager Lynn Langhorne said the centre remains open: 

“Our mental health clinicians are offering a combination of in-person, online and phone services.” 

“We are continuing to support existing clients and are open for new referrals 5 days a week.” 

“Our GP clinics on Monday and Thursday also continue to operate and there are in-person, as well as online options available to young people needing health care from our doctors,” added Lynn. 

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, headspace Wollongong has put in place rigorous hygiene and physical distancing measures to ensure the safety of young people, family and friends, and staff working in the centre. 

While most clients are attending appointments remotely, young people who may need to attend the centre in person are being urged to call in advance to discuss options for health and safety reasons. 

Ron de Jongh, CEO of Grand Pacific Health, who are the lead agency for headspace Wollongong, said he is proud of the rapid transition staff have achieved:

“We were pleased to provide a briefing this week to Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird and Paul Scully, Member for Wollongong, to share how remote service delivery is operating.”

“The team have embraced new approached to service delivery very quickly and we are seeing some unexpected benefits.”

“Many young people are embracing the new model and clinical staff report being able to reach people they may not otherwise have been able to,” added Ron.

Young people or their family/carers who would like to make an appointment can call the centre on 42 207 660.

headspace has also developed information for young people experiencing feelings of stress related to COVID-19 

 

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