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CONCERNS have grown over Rockhampton's Headspace amid fears funding could soon be pulled.

The Federal Government has left mental health organisations unsure of their future as contracts end on June 30.

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Headspace Rockhampton is one of hundreds across the country facing uncertainty over whether their contracts will be renewed, potentially leaving more than 800 young people in Central Queensland without the support of the service.

Headspace's chief operating officer Kathleen Alonso said the effects of the contract delay were already being felt.

"The uncertainty has caused a lot of staff to leave... we deliver a lot of services nationally," she said. "Staff are our biggest resource. Losing staff puts the continuation of programs at risk."

Ms Alonso said the loss of staff had been a reoccurring theme throughout the uncertainty, and expected to see an increase without a funding guarantee.

She said the programs and services offered by Headspace were particularly important in regional areas like Rockhampton.


"The services are critical. Early intervention is fundamental to good outcomes," she said.

"In some regional areas Headspace is the only place available to continue assistance... last year we reported assisting 52,000 young people per annum."

Major mental health services, including Headspace, have united to pen an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan Ley asking for certainty, whilst recognising the government is currently responding to the National Mental Health Commission's review of mental health services and programs.

In it, CEOs from the services said "this ongoing uncertainty is causing a huge disruption to organisations and, increasingly, deep anxiety amongst the people they serve".

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