THE Commercial Club in Albury has committed $10,000 to the future Albury-Wodonga headspace and pledged its ongoing support to the youth mental health centre.
It’s the biggest donation to be put aside for the future centre, which is set to open in November 2014.
Club general manager Jeff Duck said the gift aimed to offer support “where it is needed”.
“I think one of the main reasons we chose headspace is because mental health issues seem to be becoming more frequent in the youth of today,” he said.
“We are trying to help those who do have these mental health issues.”
Mr Duck promised the club would give ongoing support to Albury-Wodonga’s headspace, which will help young people aged 12 to 25 through depression, anxiety and bullying.
“We are happy to support financially and to liaise with headspace to see what other avenues we could help them with,” Mr Duck said.
The Commercial Club’s contribution, plus a Lions Club of Lavington donation of $2000 announced last night, brings the donation tally for the future headspace up to $16,500.
Previous donations have come from Paddy’s Albury, Dreamfields Youth Festival, Rotary Club of Albury, Albury Water Polo Club and Wodonga woman Trina Copeland.
The money, being held by Gateway Community Health, could go towards services, transporting young people to headspace or paying any gaps in fees.
Decisions on how the money should be spent would be made by a headspace youth advisory group, yet to be established.
Gateway mental health manager Loretta Foster said the club’s commitment proved to young people that “their community cares”.
“And the more we’re talking about mental health, about headspace and about suicide, the easier it is for young people to seek help, and the less stigma they feel in seeking help,” she said.
Gateway, with the support of a consortium of agencies, is lodging an expression of interest to run the headspace centre.