Early intervention for Israel’s youth
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Early intervention for Israel’s youth

Australian youth mental health service Headspace opened its second centre in Israel earlier this month.

From left: Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan, Enosh (Israeli Mental Health Association) executive director Hilla Hadas and Australian ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan at the Jerusalem centre’s opening.
From left: Headspace CEO Jason Trethowan, Enosh (Israeli Mental Health Association) executive director Hilla Hadas and Australian ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan at the Jerusalem centre’s opening.

AUSTRALIAN ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan helped launch the country’s second Headspace youth mental health centre at a ceremony in Jerusalem earlier this month.

The new centre, which has the capacity to treat 1000 individuals annually, aims to enable young people aged 12-25 to receive free assistance for issues affecting their psychological wellbeing.

Noting that 75 per cent of mental health issues develop in people before age 25, Cannan said, “Headspace is a great Australian model that provides support and early intervention for young people at a crucial time in their lives.”

Setting up Headspace in Israel was the brainchild of Sydneysider David Levy. 

Israeli ambassador Mark Sofer said Australia is a “world leader” in mental health care, and the opening of the second centre was “yet another example of how Australia and Israel gain from learning from each other”. 

Headspace, which opened its first Israeli centre in Bat Yam in December 2014, operates more than 100 mental health support centres across Australia.

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