It has been a long time in the making, but the much-needed youth mental health facility Headspace has finally announced it will be opening its doors this month.
The $1.3 million project was first announced in 2017 in response to Katherine's high rate of reported psychological distress among young people and significantly higher youth suicide rates.
"It has been a long journey and we acknowledge there has been lots of community interest in seeing Headspace open," Anglicare NT executive manager of mental health, Jade Gooding said.
"We have managed lots of hurdles and we love what we have created."
A collaboration between elders, community organisations and, most importantly youth, has seen the outdated Randazzo building completely transformed.
"You won't be able to see in, but we will be able to see out once the privacy film designed by three local artists is in place," Ms Gooding said.
"We have to make sure people feel safe and confidentiality is important to that."
The space includes a youth zone and lots of privacy nooks with access to wifi, food and drinks, and of course help.
"Any addition to mental health services in any community is fantastic," Ms Gooding said.
"We can open the front and use it as an open space, it is very flexible as to what it can be used for.
"But young people can come and spend as long as they want here."
"Headspace is an important addition not just for mental health but physical health and families," Ms Gooding said, "and it is important to ensure young people have a voice in how services are implemented."
Headspace will officially open its doors on Wednesday, September 25 and will be open to the public from 9.30am until 12 for viewing.
Headspace will offer early intervention support to young people aged between 12 and 25 years who are facing mental health challenges.
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