Young people aged 12-25 in the South East region now have access to a permanent Headspace facility in Mount Gambier.
The facility which had been operating at a temporary site since March 2016, assists young people in dealing with mental health issues.
The permanent launch was marked by a community event last week.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said: “From my very first day in the House of Representatives I have been campaigning for a headspace facility in Mount Gambier.
“Whilst a temporary site was better than no facility, I never gave up on a permanent headspace in Mount Gambier which I am so pleased the Federal Government has now delivered,” Mr Pasin said.
Headspace offers a range of youth friendly, holistic, community based services including support for mental health, alcohol and drug issues, and education and employment opportunities.
Early intervention remains the key to reducing the impact and duration of mental illness, which is the single biggest issue that affects one in four young Australians aged between 16 and 24 each year.
Mr Pasin said the Coalition Government is working towards ensuring that all Australians, regardless of where they live, are able to access mental health services when they need them.
“This facility represents a $750,000 annual investment in the mental well-being of the young people of Mount Gambier and the wider Limestone Coast and is another weapon in our fight against alcohol and illicit substance abuse in our community,” Mr Pasin said.