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05 May 2021
Young people in Horsham struggling with their mental health can access a new State Government service that provides targeted, personalised online therapy and peer support.
The Moderated Online Social Therapy, MOST, service, designed to blend digital and face-to-face care for young people, provides instant access to online support.
Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford, in welcoming the MOST service for Horsham, said it would not replace ‘crucial’ face-to-face services, but it would provide complementary treatment and recovery support in an online environment.
“It’s great to see the MOST program assisting young people in Horsham. We’re doing everything we can to ensure young Victorians struggling with their mental health have the support they need now and close to home,” she said.
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“We have the blueprint for delivering a new mental-health system for all Victorians and we are getting on with the job of building it from the ground up.”
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System outlined the importance of future digital health technology for young people.
Horsham already has a headspace centre, which provides free counselling support for people aged 12 to 25.
Horsham district community leaders are pushing for in-depth improvements to mental-health services for the broader community across the region.
An advocacy group is confident Royal Commission recommendations such as establishing a framework to overall inadequate services across the state have ‘opened the door’ for the Wimmera to stake a strong claim in becoming a western Victorian mental-health-service base.
Healthy Minds Horsham and regional Rotary clubs are behind the push to tackle a ‘serious health-service-gap’ in the region.
Group leaders have declared that ‘getting the formula right on the ground’ in fighting mental-health illness across all community levels in the region must be paramount in planning.
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