Lismore Headspace will receive $10,000 per year as a nominated recipient of the Byron Bay Lighthouse Run’s support, for the next five years.
Operating under Social Futures, a not-for-profit community service organisation based in Northern NSW, Lismore’s Headspace provides early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
Senior Program Manager for Social Futures headspace, Russell Workman, is delighted at the impact this donation will make on the mental health of young people.
‘We plan to put the donations towards establishing social, therapeutic and educational support and workshops to assist young people and their family members,’ Mr Workman said.
‘We are also aiming to use part of the donation to implement a new Bulk Billed GP Registrar Service for young people at Social Futures headspace in Lismore; we get to support training a new Lismore based GP, and our young people get access to essential health support.’
As mental health becomes an issue for more and more young people, it is imperative that regional spaces have the funding to engage and help the local youth.
The results of the Australia Talks National Survey revealed that 44% of 18-24 year-olds rated their mental health as average or poor.