Headspace reaches out to Yass Valley's youth

The federal Nationals Party has committed to establishing new 'headspace' sites nationally including a satellite service in Yass, announcing it will invest $30 million in the project.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP made the announcement on Tuesday.

The current government had promised ten new new headspace centres and 20 new satellite services in the 2019/20 budget.

Nationals candidate for Eden-Monary Sophie Wade, Tracy Boomer of Headspace Canberra and Mrs Wade's campaign manager and mental health advocate Elizabeth Veasey.

Nationals candidate for Eden-Monary Sophie Wade, Tracy Boomer of Headspace Canberra and Mrs Wade's campaign manager and mental health advocate Elizabeth Veasey.

Headspace provides mental health services for people aged 12 to 25.

The centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support.

The closest headspace centres to Yass Valley currently are in Goulburn and Canberra.

Many local parents have urged for more mental health services closer to Yass to provide young people with immediate help and to avoid travel challenges for already vulnerable people.

In a joint statement with the Nationals candidate for Eden-Monaro, Sophie Wade, Mr Hunt said: "I want our young people to know they are not alone on their journey, and that headspace is there to deliver quality frontline services and coordinate the right interventions for people who are at risk."

Mrs Wade said she was committed to ensuring "young Australians can get information, advice, counselling or treatment, when and where they need it."

"These guaranteed new frontline services will help deliver that support," she said.