Call for more data on Headspace outcomes

Concerns remain over the impact of Headspace on youth mental health, despite new studies suggesting it significantly reduces psychological distress in more than one-third of its clients.

The research findings come as debate continues about the value of the Headspace initiative, which has received more than $300 million in funding since 2007, but was recently dubbed the ‘McDonald's' of mental health services.

The two studies, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, are based on a census of young people aged 12-25 who interacted with Headspace between April 2013 and March 2014.

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