WATCH: Headspace opens in Gladstone tomorrow
ON the exterior it's a fun, vibrant and exciting area, yet this space will begin to make a huge difference for young people battling mental illness.
Headspace will open today at its centre at 93 Goondoon St.
It's a welcomed announcement for Roseberry Community Services, after campaigning for a Headspace service for more than four years.
It's a service counsellor Lauren Scherer believes is a huge need for the region.
With Roseberry Community Service's youth mental health program, Branchout, already with a waiting list, Headspace will help alleviate current numbers.
Ms Scherer, the leading clinical counsellor, is one of seven new staff members.
The born and bred Gladstone woman said the service was unique because of its holistic approach and early intervention focus.
"What I like about Headspace is that you're out in the community engaging with young people and offering some alternative services like nutrition information and physical health.
"It is a very rewarding job.
"It feels good when you start to see a difference.
"When they do leave the service it's really fulfilling but it's in a way very bitter sweet because it means you're finishing up with them."
Headspace will assist people aged 12-25 on four different streams.
The four streams include alcohol, mental, physical and vocational health issues.
A soft opening will be held today, and an announcement is yet to be made for an official launch.
To make an appointment to see a counsellor at Headspace phone 4903 1921.
2012: Roseberry Community Services starts its push for a Headspace in Gladstone.
2013: Roseberry Community Services named as leading youth mental health service in Gladstone, and starts campaigning to the state government for a Headspace.
2013: Headspace opens in Rockhampton, believed to be big enough to support the Gladstone region too.
October 2014: Headspace approval granted for Gladstone.
February 2016: Site chosen for Headspace