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26 May 2022

Adult mental health services bolstered in Mt Barker │Southern Argus

A new ‘Head to Health’ adult centre at Mount Barker is anticipated to grant Mayo residents easier access to mental health services.

Funded by a $14 million Federal Government investment over four years, the Mount Barker centre forms part of a network of community-based mental health services being established around Australia under a $3 billion national mental health and suicide prevention plan.

The Head to Health centre will be a stand-alone multidisciplinary mental health service, providing immediate and short-to-mediumterm mental health treatment, and support for people in distress or with moderate-to-severe mental illness.

“The Federal Government continues to make the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians a national priority,” South Australian Senator, Andrew McLachlan, said in the lead-up to the weekend’s election.

“Head to Health centres like the one being established here in Mayo are designed to provide a welcoming, caring, and respectful space for adults to access mental health information, services, and supports.

“I encourage people who are worried about their own or a loved one’s mental health to visit this centre – you don’t have to go it alone.

“The services are free, and referrals can also be made for more intensive mental health care or social supports if needed.”

Anyone experiencing distress can seek immediate advice and support through Lifeline (13 11 14), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636), Kids Helpline (1800 551 800), or the government’s digital mental health gateway at (

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