HEADSPACE STAFF: Administration manager Lisa Hampson, youth access clinician Tanya Jackson, senior clinician Samantha James, youth access clinician Teri King, operations manager Katrina Alexander, at the opening of the new office in Lismore.
HEADSPACE STAFF: Administration manager Lisa Hampson, youth access clinician Tanya Jackson, senior clinician Samantha James, youth access clinician Teri King, operations manager Katrina Alexander, at the opening of the new office in Lismore. Cathy Adams

Youth now have some headspace

NORTHERN Rivers youth now have access to a one-stop-shop for health services following yesterday's official opening of headspace at Lismore.

If you're feeling depressed, being bullied, stressed, have drug, alcohol or sexual heath problems or just want someone to talk to - headspace has got your back.

From its refurbished funky three-storey building in Carrington St, manager Katrina Alexander and her specialised staff operate headspace in partnership with 13 local agencies.

Ms Alexander said agencies including Youth Connection, Interrelate, Nortec, The Buttery and CASPA had joined forces to make headspace happen.

"We help young people who are going through a tough time for what ever reason, such as study stress, bullying, relationships and sexuality issues as well as depression and anxiety," she said.

"The staff are non-judgemental and friendly, and are enthusiastic about the challenges of meeting the needs of young people in the local area."

Funded by the Federal Government, Lismore headspace is one of 70 similar centres around Australia.

North Coast Medicare Local CEO Vahid Saberi said headspace was a new era in services for people aged 12 to 25.

Mr Saberi said the closest headspace facilities were on the Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour, while a headspace for the Tweed region was in the planning.

Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell acknowledged the work of former Member for Page Janelle Saffin in getting headspace in Lismore.

"This is a place where young people will feel supported by the staff with what ever is troubling them," she said. A carnival atmosphere is promised when headspace publicly celebrates its opening with bands playing in Carrington St in late March.

A space is available for lease in the headspace building for businesses who service the 12 to 25 age bracket.