A dedicated mental health clinic has opened in Frankston today to help support Greater Frankston and Mornington Peninsula residents who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The clinic, at Young Street Medical and Dental Centre, 89-97 Young St, will provide free mental health support as part of the Federal Government’s $31.9 million mental health package.
“This is a terribly difficult time for so many people on the Mornington Peninsula and throughout the state,” said Flinders federal Liberal MP and Health Minister Greg Hunt. “It’s important they know it’s OK not to feel OK.”
Mr Hunt said the clinic was staffed by multi-disciplinary teams of mental health professionals that may include GPs, mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and/or other allied health workers. The clinic, one of 15 being opened across Victoria, would provide a place within the community for people to access mental health care as early and conveniently as possible, he said.
“The clinics will provide on-site mental health support and will also connect to other mental health services in their region, including intensive mental health care or social supports, to ensure people get the help they need when they need it.”
Anyone concerned about their mental health can visit the clinic in person or phone 1800 595 212 to talk to a health professional or connect to a service near them. More information at health.gov.au/resources or headtohelp.org.au