Authors: Orygen Youth Health
Event: 2010 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Winner
Award category: Specialist Service or Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: Helping Young People Early (HYPE) is a nationally and internationally regarded clinical, research and training program at Orygen Youth Health that has pioneered prevention and early intervention for borderline personality disorder (BPD) over the past decade. BPD is a severe mental disorder involving instability of emotions, impulse control, self-concept and interpersonal relationships that first presents in young people. BPD occurs in 20% of youth seeking mental health care and, left untreated, leads to damaging outcomes in interpersonal and family relationships, education and vocation, persisting mental health problems and a suicide rate of around 10%. HYPE is the only evidence-based early intervention for BPD internationally. It works collaboratively with youth and their social networks to improve the outcome for the complex range of problems associated with BPD. HYPE also conducts training locally, nationally and internationally and has been a major contributor to the international research literature. Description of Facility/Organisation: Helping Young People Early (HYPE) is a specialist program spanning the clinical, research and training components of Orygen Youth Health in Melbourne. Orygen is a collaborative endeavour of Northwestern Mental Health, The University of Melbourne and The Colonial Foundation. HYPE provides a frontline clinical service to 15-24 year-olds in northern and western metropolitan Melbourne, with 50-55 individuals in treatment at any one time and 70-85 new people per annum. It has 10 part-time staff and is fully funded by the Victorian State Government, through Northwestern Mental Health. HYPE training is self-funding trough training revenue and supported by the Colonial Foundation. It employs a half-time Senior Project Officer and four casual staff. The HYPE research program is currently funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and the Colonial Foundation. It employs three staff, has 10 research students and numerous Australian and international collaborators.