Reducing the duration and impact of mental illness for young people in Tasmania via 2 new Headspace facilities on the Eastern Shore.

Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) is overseeing the establishment of a statewide youth early psychosis service and a new headspace centre on Hobart’s eastern shore, and has selected EACH to operate these services.

Headspace centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people (aged 12 to 25) who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs, or work and study support. There are currently three headspace centres operating in Tasmania in Hobart, Launceston and Devonport, with a satellite site in Burnie. It is anticipated headspace Eastern Shore will open in 2025.

The headspace Early Psychosis service will be integrated with headspace centres to provide early intervention treatment and support to young people aged 12 to 25 years who are at high risk of or actively experiencing their first episode of psychosis. It will use Orygen’s Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention
Centre (EPPIC) model.

About psychosis
• Psychosis is a term for a range of symptoms where a person’s beliefs, thoughts, feelings, senses and behaviours are altered. Psychosis can cause someone to misinterpret or confuse what’s going on around them.
• Around 0.4% of Australians aged 18 to 64 (around 64,000 people) are affected by psychotic illness.
• Around 50% of people who develop a psychotic disorder will do so by the time they are in their early 20s.
• It can be treated, and many people can make a good recovery.
• The earlier symptoms are recognised and help sought, the better for recovery.

For Help or Support Call:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
  • Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au

To read the original Media Release by Primary Health Tasmania

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