MUCH-NEEDED: A new Headspace Centre will be built in Roma next year.
MUCH-NEEDED: A new Headspace Centre will be built in Roma next year. KatarzynaBialasiewicz

$1.53M project to improve mental health of bush battlers

SOUTHWEST Queensland's dismal mental health services will receive an much-needed boost with the arrival of the first Headspace office west of Toowoomba planned for 2020.

The $1.53million dollar project will provide support for young people in the bush battling mental health issues and create three jobs.

The new Headspace centre will provide face-to-face information, support, and services to young people aged 12 - 25 years.

"As well as their families and friends with everything from mental health and wellbeing, alcohol and other drug services, work, school and study support,” Maranoa MP David Littleproud said.

"Support for young people and mental health is one of the biggest issues raised with me, and that's why I've secured this new facility to help. Headspace works closely with young people at a crucial time in their lives to help them get on track, and strengthen the ability to manage their mental health in the future.”

With one in four people between 16 and 24 experiencing mental illnesses, with three-quarters of all mental illnesses manifested before the age of 25, early intervention is key.

Last year, 20,000 young Queenslanders accessed headspace services.

Do you have a story to share? The Western Star is launching a mental health campaign and is looking to talk to people who have struggled with depression, been affected by suicide or had difficulty accessing mental health services. We want to hear your experiences. Contact Ellen Ransley on 45784104.

For counselling help, call Lifeline on 131114.