Authors: Joel Robbins, Wendy Slinger
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Improving early engagement of young people at risk of severe mental health concerns:
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: A service improving early engagement of young people experiencing/at risk of experiencing severe mental health concerns, including early psychosis, was identified as a priority by Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. As a result, Neami National was engaged to deliver the YFlex program to young people in this area. The YFlex program us currently supporting a cohort of young people who are experiencing significant anxiety, suicidal ideation or self-harm, and significant rates of disengagement from education. A small proportion of these young people are also experiencing early of emergent psychosis. This presentation will describe the early operation of the service the YFlex service delivered by Neami National. The presentation will focus on the learnings and needs of young people in this area of Melbourne and discuss the successes of using a flexible outreach model to overcome identified barriers to service. Examples of how YFlex staff are flexibly persisting to engage with young people who are unwilling or unable to engage with existing services will be shared. This service is building understanding of the needs and ways of working with this cohort that can be hard to reach, and is successfully connecting with many of them, their families and support networks.