Push for headspace in Griffith after budget announcement

THE announcement of funding for 10 new headspace sites in Tuesday night's budget has renewed calls for locals to get behind the push for one in Griffith.

The latest tool in the fight for a facility to help support young people between 12 and 25 years to get their life back on track is a postcard.

Headspace for Griffith committee chair Peta Dummett said she hoped everyone would fill out a postcard to help get the message across.

"We only have a few weeks remaining before the government determines which towns will be allocated funding," she said.

SIGN HERE: TAFE student Chris Pilon throws his support behind Griffith's push for a Headspace facility in the city by signing one of the postcards created to raise awareness. Picture: Anthony Stipo

SIGN HERE: TAFE student Chris Pilon throws his support behind Griffith's push for a Headspace facility in the city by signing one of the postcards created to raise awareness. Picture: Anthony Stipo

"As part of the campaign we have had postcards printed that we are inviting people to sign and send to politicians and Headspace CEO Chris Tanti.

"We want everyone to sign them and show support."

The colourful postcards have been addressed to six different people including member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli, Member for Riverina Michael McCormack and Minister for Health and sport Peter Dutton.

So far the postcards have been handed out to students who attended the recent youth mental health forum in Leeton, local schools and TAFE.

Mrs Dummett said the postcards could also be found at the library, council chambers and Griffith Central.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support from across the region to date," she said.

"On Wednesday we had 40 students at Griffith TAFE come through and fill them in in around five minutes.

"Some were presented to Mr McCormack last week in Leeton at the mental health forum.

"The beauty of headspace is that it is a one stop shop for young people who need help. It stops young people from getting lost in the maze of different services."

Welding and Fabrication student at Griffith TAFE, Chris Pilon, 21, was keen to add his name to the postcards.

"To have a facility to help support young people who are experiencing difficulties would be great," he said.

"With all the cuts to education and youth support young people are going to need it more than ever."

If Griffith gets the nod for a headspace facility it would service a large area and offer support for young people in surrounding towns such as Hillston, Lake Cargelligo, Ardlethan, Narrandera, Leeton, Coleambally and Hay.

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