Local headspace Centres and Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

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March 17, 2020

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headspace is here to support the mental health of young people and we understand that COVID-19 is potentially creating feelings of uncertainty within the community.

 

headspace Wollongong, Goulburn, Nowra and Bega, who are operated by Grand Pacific Health, are closely monitoring developments with COVID-19, and are reminding members of the community to take care during this time.

 

To reduce risk and ensure safety of the centre and the community, our headspace centres are encouraging young people and family and friends who are experiencing respiratory symptoms including, runny nose, sore throat, cough, or fever to get in touch by phone rather than attending the centre in person.

 

Supporting young people in challenging times is crucial and headspace is dedicated to ensuring that those who need it can access help.

 

We encourage young people, family and friends, and staff to also seek advice from a local community general practice or from government advice lines services such as healthdirect/coronavirus.

 

We will continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing landscape in relation to COVID-19, and will keep the community informed about any changes in capacity. Our priorities remain our ability to maintain access to services for young people and family and friends, and also the wellbeing of our staff and the local community. We will be working to maintain service continuity and access throughout this time.

 

For young people potentially experience feelings of stress related to COVID-19, headspace has developed information which might be helpful to manage any changes to daily life as a result of containment measures.

 

Please visit the headspace website for more information:

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-19/

 

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For media enquiries please contact: Jemma Tribe, GPH Communications manager on 0413 050 992

 

Help seeking information

 

To reach a headspace clinician and for more information go to www.eheadspace.org.au or call 1800 650 890.

 

Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 at any time of the day or night to speak with a counsellor

 

For emergency situations please call emergency services on 000 or call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 to talk to someone urgently.

 

 

About headspace

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. headspace has 110 centres across Australia in metropolitan, regional and remote areas, as well as online and phone support services through eheadspace. headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health) alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support. Centre details, as well as factsheets and resources for young people and their families and friends, can be located on the headspace website: headspace.org.au

 

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