June 10, 2019
Darling Downs Health has created a new job, based in Kingaroy, aimed at identifying and supporting young people at risk of a mental health illness.
Ed-LinQ co-ordinator Anita Smith will be responsible for the South Burnett and Western Downs regions.
She said the position was aimed at building and strengthening relationships between schools, primary care, community and mental health services as well as identifying and supporting children or young people.
“We all know education is important for all children and young people,” she said.
“But unfortunately, children who are experiencing mental health difficulties are more likely to disengage from education, have difficulties gaining and maintaining employment, and therefore difficulties with financial security.
“There are also long-term mental and physical health outcomes, as well as impacting factors for friends and family caring for the child or young people.
“All of these potential outcomes, really highlight the importance of early intervention.”
Anita has previously worked as a psychologist in the Toowoomba and Western Downs mental health services.
Ed LinQ co-ordinator Eleanor Glover covers the Toowoomba and Southern Downs areas of the Darling Downs Health region.