Youth-based mental health centre opens in Bendigo

MORE help is being made available to young people requiring mental health treatment.

Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge yesterday opened the Bendigo Youth Prevention and Recovery Care Service (Y-PARC) – a 10-bed facility that provides 24-hour treatment and support for young people aged between 16 and 25.

Bendigo Y-PARC is co-ordinated by Bendigo Health in partnership with MIND Australia and is expected to significantly boost mental health services available to young people in Bendigo and the Loddon Mallee region. The youth mental health beds are a first for regional Victoria and will reduce the need for Bendigo residents to travel to Melbourne for treatment.

Yesterday’s official opening came just days after the launch of the much-anticipated headspace Bendigo and opening of the new Bendigo Youth Central – a vibrant youth space in the heart of Bendigo.

Ms Wooldridge said Bendigo Y-PARC was aimed at young people who needed residential support as an alternative to inpatient care.

“It will give young people the opportunity to access the care they need locally, closer to their family and friends,” she said.

“The Victorian government has invested $3.8 million to establish the Y-PARC and more than $7 million over four years to run the service.”

Ms Wooldridge unveiled a plaque at the facility yesterday and congratulated everyone involved for their hard work.  

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