Authors: Inner City Mental Health Service (Royal Perth Hospital)
Event: 1997 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: WA
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Child and Adolescent Service
Abstract: YouthLink provides assessment, counselling and therapy, and practical support to homeless and at-risk young people aged 12 - 19 years, who are disconnected from mainstream health, welfare and accommodation services. YouthLink has other particular focus on reducing suicidal and self-harming behaviour, as well as addressing other mental health and psychological problems, including substance abuse, depression, sexual abuse issues and early psychosis. A separately funded innovative project focussing on the needs of the Aboriginal young people is also currently under way within YouthLink. YouthLink provides free "mobile" services to young people in all Perth metropolitan areas. Education and training programmes and consultancy services are also provided free to other agencies and workers with at-risk young people. Description of Facility/Organisation: Youthlink is a mental health service providing direct clinical and support services to homeless and at-risk young people throughout the Perth metropolitan area, and training and consultancy service to workers with at-risk youth throughout Western Australia. Staffing (approximately 10 FTE) comprises Clinical Psychology, Social Work and Welfare Work Practitioners, and a Receptionist/Clerical Officer. Psychiatry Services are also available as required, through the co-located Community Assessment and Treatment Team.