Boosting mental health support in Rockhampton

The Hon. Michelle Landry MP
Federal Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families and Social Services
Minister for Women’s Safety
Manager of Government Business in the Senate

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A new dedicated headspace program will assist young people in Rockhampton experiencing mental illness to join the workforce.

Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, said the Roseberry Community Services site in Rockhampton would run the Individual Placement and Support Program to address barriers preventing people with mental illness from finding and keeping a job.

The Federal Coalition Government will provide $845,000 to Roseberry to locally deliver the initiative over four years. It is expected to be operational by the end of this month.

“I’m thrilled that the Government will invest in this crucially important program to boost mental health and employment services in our community,” Ms Landry said.

“By integrating educational and workforce support with clinical mental health services, we can help our young people secure employment opportunities.

“Mental illness should not be a barrier to pursuing a fulfilling career, and the Individual Placement and Support Program will ensure that young people have access to the tailored support they need to thrive in any workplace.”

Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, said the onset of mental illness in young people can significantly affect their ability to transition from study to work.

“This investment will provide local career assistance hand-in-hand with clinical support to help young people with mental illness enter the workforce and reach their full potential,” Minister Ruston said.

Roseberry Community Services is one of 26 new sites across Australia to deliver the program, in addition to 24 existing locations.

Nationally, the Individual Placement and Support Program will allow more than 6,000 Australians under the age of 25 experiencing mental illness to access a range of specialist vocational and employment support services.

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