The need for further youth mental health services in the region has been highlighted by experts and advocates in the community for some time. A recent $1.5 million donation from Joblink Plus (who declined an invitation to the panel) sparked a flow of vague and confusing media articles regarding what the donation will see done for youth mental health at Tamworth's Banksia Mental Health Unit. A media release from Kevin Anderson's office stated the donation will "provide safety for young people through short-stay accommodation of up to 72 hours featuring an emotionally designed therapeutic space, and as a recreational area for young people to be connected to ongoing support services during their stay".
Josie Hofman, head Psychologist at Tamworth's Headspace and Helen Mary Jones, founder of online youth mental health advocacy group MindMatters join hosts Romy Gilbert and Tim Coats in the studio to discuss the issue.
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