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Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health

Throughout the Nepean Blue Mountains Region there are a number of mental health services and programs that are focused on children, adolescents and families. Known collectively as youth, this cohort of young people have a number of specialised programs and services that focus on early detection and treatment, minimising risk factors, promoting protective factors, providing safe and healthy environments for young people and preventing more serious mental health issues from occurring. The two major services for youth in the Nepean Blue Mountains Region are Headspace and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), however a number of other services provide a specific focus on early psychosis intervention, youth housing and homelessness as well as young carers programs.

Bligh Park Youth Service

Bligh Park Youth Service offers 10-week term programs, drop in, school holiday programs and outings for youths aged 12 to 18 years old.

Address
Tiningi Youth Centre, 139 Colonial Drive, Bligh Park NSW 2756

Target Audience
Youth aged 12-18 years old

Email
senioryouth@blighpark.org.au

Hours of Operation
Tue, Wed, Fri 10:00am-6:00pm

Local Areas
Hawkesbury

Postal Address
PO Box 5711, South Windsor NSW 2756

Call (02) 4572 0529

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Brighter Futures (Penrith) - Wesley Mission

Wesley Brighter Futures supports families with children aged 0-8 years to create safer and healthier environments for their children. This involves offering parenting education and development as well as opportunities for healthy social interactions for the whole family. It supports families, often impacting cycles of abuse, neglect and general despair that may have been going on for considerable time, while providing families with some additional tools and education to support them to build a stronger family.

Address
Suite 101, 148 Henry Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Families with children 0-8 that are in the care of parents.

Eligibility
Families with children in their care.

Email
brighterfuturesnepean@wesleymission.org.au

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
A voluntary service in which one needs to call to get a referral form. Referrals come from the community and may be community organisations, FACS or self-referral.

Call (02) 4723 9200

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Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes

Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes offers group work and individual sessions on an Outreach basis to children between the ages of 0-18 in the Lithgow LGA who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing, mental health issues.

Address
201 Rankin St, Lithgow NSW 2790

Email
kodonnell@centacarewf.org.au

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm (excluding public holidays)

Local Areas
Lithgow

Postal Address
PO Box 1064, Bathurst NSW 2795

Call (02) 6334 2033

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Child and Family Counselling Services - Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Child and Family Counselling Services have qualified and experienced psychologists and social workers who use a range of approaches that respect differences in individuals and families. They can help you make the changes that you would like to make in a confidential and supportive environment. Issues can include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Child behavioural and emotional concerns
  • Depression
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Family and other relationships (not couples counselling)
  • Grief and loss
  • Pre & postnatal depression, anxiety, adjustment
  • Trauma

Group programs are available throughout the year such as Positive Parenting Programs, Tuning Into Kids, Cool Kids, Enjoying Your Toddler, Reparative Parenting.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm, except Public Holidays

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
To access Child and Family Counselling, call the number below between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. No referral necessary.

Call 1800 222 608

Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)

A specialist child and youth mental health service that provides services for children and young people whose previous treatments of mental health conditions with a private psychologist or counsellor has not worked. They are co-located with Headspace and provide a link to a number of services including Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI) as well as School-Link mental health in which a liaison officer shares information about mental health with schools. They also run an early psychosis team for young people aged between 12-24 who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

Address
606 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Children and young people aged 5-18. The early psychosis program is from 12-24.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
All referrals occur through the Mental Health Access Line. Referrals can come from private counsellors, psychiatrists, school counsellors, teachers, parents and community mental health teams.

Call (02) 4725 9800

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Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)

The COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) is a national initiative that develops information for parents, their family and friends in support of these kids and young people. This information complements online training courses training to support families either individually or through community services and programs. The website is the primary way our information is accessed, however they also work with health care providers, community support groups, educators, service organisations and the media. The Penrith Office provides a number of activities including:

  • Consultation, supervision and advocacy.
  • Education and training for Mental Health Workers and other professionals.
  • Groups for children, adolescents and parents.
  • Local implementation of the NSW Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) Framework for Mental Health Services

Postal Address
PO Box 4155, Penrith Plaza, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call (02) 4725 9800

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Connect Child and Family Services Inc.

Connect Child & Family Services Inc. is an early childhood focused organisation that works with young children and their families. It focuses on integrated service provision that is accessible at 3 centre-based sites and 52 outreach locations across Australia. The suite of services enables children and families attending any of its programs to access a range of other services, information and resources that 'wrap around' them to support their wellbeing and development.

Address
48-50 Oaklands Rd, Hazelbrook NSW 2779

Target Audience
Children and families

Email
connect@connect.asn.au

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 7:00am-6:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Call (02) 4732 2388

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E-Headspace

A confidential, free and secure space where young people 12 - 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. E-Headspace:

  • Provides advice related to a broad range of issues like bullying, drug and alcohol issues, depression and anxiety, relationships, concerns about friends, fitting in and isolation.
  • Has experts who can provide work and study advice to young people and specialist support to parents and carers who are worried about a young person.
  • Provide information and advice if the young person is having issues or want to ask questions specifically relating to work or study as well as if they want to get back on track with their study, career, job, employment and education.

Target Audience
Young person aged between 12–25 who needs support or is worried about their mental health condition or parent or carers requiring specialist advice and support when they are concerned about the mental health of a young person 12–25.

Call 1800 650 890

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Early Psychosis Intervention Program - Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)

The Early Psychosis Intervention Program is a multidisciplinary team consisting of a nurse, social workers, occupational therapist, a psychiatrist and clinical psychologist who work in partnership with the recovery program at YCLSS to provide treatments and support for young people aged 12-25 who have been diagnosed as experiencing their first episode of psychosis. They provide programs that adhere to the national guidelines for early psychosis intervention to provide recovery support for daily living living (such as cooking, education, exercise, employment support, financial assistance and social activities), in partnership with clinical services provided by the multidisciplinary team.

Address
606 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
School aged young people aged 12-25 years who have been diagnosed with experiencing their first episode of psychosis or is an ultra-high risk of developing psychosis

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
All referrals are through the central access number (below). There are no direct referrals.

Call 1800 011 511

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Fusion Australia

Fusion is a Christian youth organisation that works with young people in schools and in after-school and holiday programs. They have a range of social enterprises including Cafes, OpShops and Fusion Building and Maintenance. These enterprises provide opportunities for on-the-job training and social connection and all surplus funds help support the community work of Fusion.

Fusion brings a unique perspective to each community and relies on the help of locals to make a real lasting change. Their community work includes caring for disabled and frail-aged people, putting on community events, and using the arts as a tool for change.

Fusion has two locations in the Nepean Blue Mountains region:

Blue Mountains
160 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777 - 0423 320 555

Western Sydney
113b Station St, St Marys NSW 2760 - (02) 8805 5900

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Penrith

Call (02) 8805 5900

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Gateway Family Enrichment Program (Enrich) - Gateway Family Service

The Family Enrichment Project is a program that helps families to strengthen relationships between parents/carers and their children. This service offers:

  • Free counselling
  • Information & support around parenting and enriching family life
  • Children's play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Parenting groups and
  • Resilience building groups for parents, kids and teens

The Family Enrichment Project has a team of qualified counsellors, therapists and social workers who are passionate about supporting families. Families can access a free counselling and family support with a qualified team at their Katoomba, Lawson, Winmalee and Blaxland locations.

Address
Clairvaux Community Complex, 14 Oak St, Katoomba NSW 2780

Target Audience
Families with children aged between 0-18 years old in the mid and upper Blue Mountains.

Email
rachelh@gatewayfamilyservices.org.au

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Tues-Fri (9:00am-5:00pm)

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Referral
Self-referral or referral through community organisations.

Call (02) 4782 5326

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headspace - Penrith

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation that offers support to young people in person through a network of 80 centres nationwide. headspace Penrith provides access, support and information for a broad range of concerns for young people including:

  • Mental health
  • Physical/sexual health
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Counselling services
  • Employment and education and
  • Support for families and carers

When a young person comes through to headspace Penrith, their needs are assessed, care is tailored to their needs and they are linked with the appropriate support. headspace Penrith has two service streams:

  • A primary care service for young people with mild to moderate concerns and
  • A specialised service for young people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or at ultra-high risk of experiencing psychosis.

Address
606 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Young people aged between 12-25 with a mild to moderate mental illness.

Eligibility
All young people seeking help can access headspace Primary Care Service. The Early Psychosis Program is for people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or at ultra-high risk of experiencing psychosis.

Email
headspacepenrith@parramattamission.org.au

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
Referral through intake number on (02) 4720 8888.

Call (02) 4720 8800

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Lawstuff Australia

Lawstuff provides legal information to children and young people in Australia. Children and young people can get free, confidential email advice about the law by sending a Lawmail.

Email
admin@ncylc.org.au

Postal Address
National Children's & Youth Law Centre Law Building, First Floor, University of New South Wales 2052

Call (02) 9385 9588

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Me3 Individual and Family Support - Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST)

Me3 Individual is an adolescent individual support service that provides an accessible and flexible program to support and address the issues that a young person with a disability is finding challenging. Adolescent Individual Support is available to young people living in the Blue Mountains aged between 12 and 24. Me3 Individual Support includes:

  • Counselling
  • Social skills
  • Communication and self esteem
  • Relationships and dating
  • Anger management
  • Advocacy and referral

Me3 Family assists families of young people with a disability to better manage the challenges they face. Using a person centred approach, and emphasising and promoting the strengths of families and young people, MYST aims to work with young people and their families to enhance family functioning, improve parenting capacity and well-being of the family. Support includes:

  • Individual and Family Counselling
  • Parenting support
  • Co-ordination of Supports
  • Family routines and functioning
  • Information, advocacy and referral
  • Intensive Family Support
  • Crisis management

Local Areas
Lithgow

Email
susan@myst.com.au

Call (02) 4751 1005

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Mountains Youth Service Team (MYST)

MYST delivers a range of structured personal development, therapeutic and recreation programs to young people both in and out of school. Specific programs include but are not limited to:

  • Stress Less
  • Steps
  • Step Up
  • Young Women’s Wellbeing
  • School holiday programs
  • Recreational day programs
  • Midnight Basketball
  • Rock and Water

MYST supports disadvantaged young people in delivering the tools for emotional, physical and intellectual growth. MYST provides services at:

Katoomba - 31 Waratah St, Katoomba NSW 2780 - (02) 4782 6562

Springwood - 59 Springwood Ave, Springwood NSW 2777 - (02) 4751 1611

Target Audience
Teenagers and young adults who are vulnerable and/or in crisis.

Email
info@myst.com.au

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Call (02) 4782 6562

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Nepean Youth Homelessness Project - Nepean Youth Accommodation Service (NYAS)

NYHS Nepean Youth Homelessness Service is a cross agency integration model accommodating and supporting young people with high needs.

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
No self-referrals, referrals must be made via a service provider.

Call (02) 4728 6801

Noffs Foundation Out-Clients Counselling Service

The Ted Noffs Foundation provides an outreach counselling service for young people using drugs and alcohol in the region. Clients can be seen in the office, at a service, in homes or at a number of different rooms throughout the region. The adolescent and family counsellor for the Nepean Region provides:

  • An entry and referral point for other services
  • Advice
  • Case management
  • Counselling
  • Assessment and
  • Case planning

The aim of the program is to assist young people in managing their life in relation to alcohol and other drug use and related issues. It focuses on minimising risk factors and promoting protective factors that reduce the harm from drug use. Family sessions may be appropriate as mediation between the young person and their family. Out-clients may be able to assist with family breakdowns and resolve issues related to the young person's drug or alcohol use, facilitate change or assist with their return home.

Address
11 Cleeve Close, Mt Druitt NSW 2770

Target Audience
Young people between 12-25 years with alcohol and/or other drug misuse, mental health, criminal offending, behaviour problems or relationships problems. This includes young people and their families.

Eligibility
Young people aged 12-25 living within Nepean Blue Mountains Region

Cost
Free service funded by community services.

Local Areas
Hawkesbury, Penrith

Referral
Call the number below to make a referral.

Useful Contacts

NSW Mental Health Line - Community Assessment Liaison Centre

A mental health assessment and referral service that provides the first point of contact for the range of mental health services for young people, their families and carers. They provide assessment, triage and referral for all youth related concerns. More serious mental health concerns (such as psychosis and major depression) are referred to the Child Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) while less serious mental health concerns will be referred to Headspace.

Address
Barber Ave, Nepean Hospital Kingswood

Target Audience
All People

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
Provides referrals to other services.

Call 1800 011 511

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NSW Young Carers

Young Carers provide support, information and referral for young people under 26 caring for someone with long-term illness, disability, mental illness or drug and alcohol dependence. Young carer supports and connects young carers through providing:

  • Emotional support
  • Information and referrals
  • Individual or group counselling
  • An Interactive Young Carer Website
  • Carers NSW Young Carer Leadership Program
  • Young Carer Opportunities and Events
  • Raising awareness of young carers in schools, universities and organisations
  • Newsletters

Address
Roden Cutler House, Level 18, 24 Campbell Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Target Audience
Young carers - people under 26 caring for someone with long-term mental illness.

Email
yc@carersnsw.org.au

Postal Address
PO Box 20156, World Square NSW 2002

Call 1800 242 636

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Platform Youth Services

Platform Youth Services provide a range of crisis and accommodation services for young people. The service supports clients with a range of support packages and programs including:

  • 24-hour crisis accommodation
  • Transitional housing
  • Brokerage
  • Tenancy suppport
  • Health and income support
  • Access to education, training and employment options
  • Alcohol and other drug counselling and referrals
  • Mental health support
  • Recreational resources
  • Life skills training
  • Legal, parenting and general welfare support.

Glue Factories provide a central hub for the delivery of these services and immediate support. They can provide meals, food parcels, showers, laundry facilities, computers, internet and phone, assisted referral specialist services, advice and advocacy and case workers to discuss anything else a young person may want help to access. Glue Factories can be found at:

Penrith (Penrith House) (02) 4760 0800

Katoomba (Katoomba House) (02) 4760 0800

Springwood  (02) 4760 0800

Hawkesbury (The Turning Point) (02) 4760 0800

Address
22-24 Lemongrove Road, Penrith NSW 2750 (Head Office)

Target Audience
Vulnerable young people aged 12-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, escaping family conflict, leaving out of home care or linked with juvenile justice.

Email
intake@platformys.org.au

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Office Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm; 24 Hour referral for crisis accommodation

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Referral
Phone, walk-in or book appointment. Young people can come to the centres to meet with the team who can assist them with immediate needs such as food, showers, laundry facilities, access to phones and internet, and assessment and referrals for other support needs such as accommodation and counselling support.

Call (02) 4760 0800

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Platform Youth Services' Early Intervention Program

Platform Youth Services' Early Intervention Team provides support to young people at imminent risk of becoming homeless or who have already become homeless. They provide help with:

  • Tenancy support
  • Employment and Education
  • Life skills
  • Advocacy
  • Accommodation
  • Substance Abuse
  • Income Support
  • Access to Programs
  • Financial Budgeting
  • Health and Wellbeing

Email
intake@platformys.org.au

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Call (02) 4760 0800

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Psychological Therapy Services (PTS) Children's Program - Nepean Blue Mountains PHN

PTS offers a subsidised program to assist low income families in providing psychological services for children experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. The services provided includes short-term, evidence based assessment and treatment, provided by a Mental Health Professional experienced in working with children and their families. The service provides children and their parents with up to 12 sessions per calendar year, including up to 3 sessions for a detailed assessment. Mental Health Professionals working with children and their families in this program include psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, and mental health nurses.

Target Audience
Children under the age of 12 years

Eligibility
Children up to the age of 12 years who meet the following eligibility criteria: are from a low income family (family has a health care card), are experiencing behavioural or emotional difficulties and are likely to benefit from short term intervention, have not been referred to psychological services under Medicare in the current calendar year and attend a GP within the region of the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN (this area includes the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith Local Government Areas).

Cost
In some areas, you may be charged up to $10 towards the cost of each session.

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
Referrals to PTS can be made by your General Practitioner, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist. Referrals are made over the telephone to the PTS Intake line on 1800 223 365.

Call (02) 4708 8100

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Wentworth Young People's Program - Flourish Australia
The Wentworth Young People's Program provides medium-term residential supported accommodation and psychosocial rehabilitation service for young men aged 17-25 years who have a diagnosis of mental illness. These young men are case managed by a clinical case manager with support being provided in their recovery to help them gain skills to live independently in the communty. People in this program are assisted to develop social skills, daily living activities (such as cooking and budgeting) and participate in recreational, educational and vocational activities. Address 41 Brumby Cres, Emu Plains NSW 2750 Target Audience Young men with mental illness. Eligibility Aged between 16-24, referrals from Sydney but priority goes to those in the Nepean Blue Mountains Region. They must have a mental illness and agree to work regularly with a case manager. They must be earning an income, whether this is from Centrelink or otherwise. Cost Participants pay 65% of their Centrelink income to go towards boarding. Hours of Operation Mon-Fri 8:00am-10:00pm Sat & Sun 12:00pm-8:00pm Local Areas Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith Referral Referrals from mental health hospitals and mental health services in the Nepean Blue Mountains region. Call (02) 9393 9357 Visit website
Wesley Family Centre Nepean - Wesley Mission

The Wesley Family Centre provides case management services for young people aged 12-17 years and their family. There is a psychologist on the team to provide specialist services. Services provided include:

  • Counselling, mediation, financial and legal support and crisis accommodation
  • Teaching parenting skills
  • Child development programs
  • Out of Hours School Care
  • Early intervention work and much more

Address
Level 1, 148 Henry St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Young people aged 12-17 at risk of homelessness.

Eligibility
Must be at risk of homelessness.

Email
nepeanintake@wesleymission.org.au

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
Self-referral or through an organisation.

Wesley Youth Services

Wesley Youth Services is committed to working with and caring for young people to bring about positive, lasting change. Programs target low to medium risk young people who are dealing with issues that, if left unattended, may escalate to the point where they would require more intensive services.

Wesley Youth Services Nepean offer a range of short-term, appropriate programs and activities to support young people including:

  • anger management techniques
  • drug and alcohol awareness
  • one-on-one counselling
  • family counselling
  • group sessions with other young people
  • healthy eating, health and fitness advice
  • strategies for coping with bullying
  • self-confidence, self-control and self-discipline techniques
  • advice on making positive life choices
  • in school programs
  • school holiday outings
  • parenting programs and advice.

Wesley Youth Services have a qualified Counsellor who is available to guide and support young people, helping them build on their existing strengths to overcome current difficulties.

Case management is provided to young people who require additional and ongoing support to access appropriate services. This is provided for an average duration of three months.

Wesley Youth Services operate a mobile youth outreach service for young people in the Nepean and Rouse Hill areas, Wesley StreetSmart. Wesley StreetSmart is a crisis intervention, information and referral service for young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

Using a specially kitted out Wesley StreetSmart van, the service goes directly into the community, connecting with young people in their own neighbourhoods.

Address
Level 1, 148 Henry Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Email
youthservicesnepean@wesleymission.org.au

Local Areas
Penrith

Postal Address
PO Box 4455, Penrith NSW 2750

Call (02) 4723 9277

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The Young Persons Mental Health Outreach - Flourish Australia

The Young Persons Mental Health Outreach Program provides an early supported intervention to prevent more serious mental health issues from occurring.

Address
Derby St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Young people aged 16-25 at risk of developing a chronic mental health conditions.

Eligibility
Young people must be clients of the Child and Youth Mental Health service or Adult Mental Health Services.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm but varies.

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Referral
Referrals come from mental health teams including the Mental Health Access Line. They must be referred to by a clinical case manager.

Call (02) 9393 9356

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Youth Community Living Support Service (YCLSS) - Flourish Australia

An outreach support program for young people aged 16-25 that provides early supported intervention to prevent more serious mental health issues from occurring.

Address
Derby St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
16-25 year olds at risk of developing a chronic mental health conditions.

Eligibility
16-25 year olds living in the Nepean Blue Mountains region in which a clinical case manager refers them. Young people must be clients of the Child and Youth Mental Health Service or Adult Mental Health Services.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm but varies.

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Referral
Referrals come from mental health teams including the Mental Health Access Line and Health NSW.

Youth Early Psychosis Program

The headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program provides a specialised early intervention program for young people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or are at ultra-high risk of experiencing psychosis. The Youth Early Psychosis Program is a holistic approach that supports young people in every aspect of their lives (such as education, employment and relationships).

Address
606 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Young people experiencing their first episode of psychosis or are at high risk of experiencing psychosis.

Email
headspacepenrith@parramattamission.org.au

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call (02) 4720 8800

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Youth Early Support Service (YESS)

The Youth Early Support Service (YESS) is a mental health outreach service for 12-25 year olds who have, or are at risk of developing, a serious mental illness. YESS provides a wrap-around mental health service within a recovery-oriented, strengths-based framework. Specifically, the program provides:

  • Risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning
  • Mental health treatment
  • Family and carer support services
  • Non-clinical wrap around services
  • Continual engagement with the young person's GP

Email
yess@parramattamission.org.au

Eligibility
12-25 year olds who have not had more than 6 months of care on a residing issue.

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Penrith

Referral
Referrals can be made by the young people themselves, family or friends, GPs, school counsellors and service providers.

Call (02) 4720 8811

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Youth Homelessness Service (YHS)

YHS is an integrated and collaborative service delivery system that offer a number of services including a post-crisis and high-needs housing services, early intervention and case planning programs to young people aged 12-25. The cross agency integration model manages case management, brokerage applications from referring services and agencies to develop coordinated case management plans for clients experiencing homelessness.

  • The early intervention program assists young people aged 12-25 years who have not engaged in supported accommodation and are at risk of homelessness, disengaged from family, school, education, training or employment.
  • The post crisis program assists young people aged 18-25 years who are exiting supported accommodation into independent living who have been assessed as demonstrating living skills

This program also provides case management support to young people transitioning to independent living from supported accommodation through engagement with living skills, employment, training and personal development as well as linking into specialist services including brokerage.

Target Audience
Young people aged 12-25 that are at risk of homelessness, or disengaged from family, school, education, training or employment

Cost
Free

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
Self-referral or services make a referral by submitting a case plan and a quote for service delivery. The referral goes to the YHS Coordination group who respond within 7 days stating whether or not they feel YHS can suppport the client. The project coordinator advises the referring body of the outcome who then allocates the client to the most appropriate service to act as lead agency for the client and commence case management.

Call (02) 4728 6801

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Youth Reference Group

The Youth Reference Group is run by Headspace Penrith to help organise events and participate in the decisions that are made in relation to the activities that occur at the Penrith Headspace Centre.

Address
606 High St, Penrith NSW 2750

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call (02) 4720 8800

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Youthworx - Lithgow Community Projects Inc.

Youthworx provides support, information, accommodation and counselling services, as well as coordinating a variety of social and recreational events and groups. They can help with

  • Medium term housing in the community for young people
  • Help to find other temporary and safe accommodation
  • Help with information about depression, domestic violence, sexual assault, or other difficulties
  • Referrals and assistance to work with other government and non government agencies
  • Practical support to secure independent accommodation
  • Help finding and setting up a new home, manage debts, access legal services or medical assistance
  • Court support
  • Counselling
  • Life skills such as cooking, budgeting, cleaning, job searching etc.
  • Case Management
  • Support for families of young people who are experiencing difficulties

Address
28 Main St, Lithgow NSW 2790

Target Audience
People between the ages of 16 and 24.

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Lithgow

Call (02) 6351 2230

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