A new dedicated headspace program will assist young people in the Warrnambool region experiencing mental illness to join the workforce.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the Warrnambool headspace site would run the Individual Placement and Support Program to address barriers preventing people with mental illness from finding and keeping a job.
“The Morrison Government will invest in this program to boost local mental health and employment services in the Warrnambool region,” Mr Tehan 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 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.
The Morrison Government will invest $845,000 in the Warrnambool headspace to locally deliver the initiative over four years. It is expected to be operational by the end of this month.
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.