Youth mental health services in demand in Joondalup area

An increasing number of young people aged 12 to 25 in the Joondalup area are seeking help for their mental health issues, according to Danielle Hill,  Clinical Lead at Youth Focus’ Joondalup office.

Ms Hill said this showed that more young people and their families were recognising the need to seek early intervention.

“Youth Focus clinicians now assist more than 160 young people from Joondalup, Wanneroo and Ellenbrook a year with free face-to-face sessions on a weekly basis,” she said.

“Our work also includes school based service provision in four high schools with clinicians meeting young people in their own environment and providing much needed counselling services.

“And we know our efforts are reaping success as evidence shows that the earlier young people seek help, the more likely they are to go onto become resilient adults.”

She said that the Joondalup office was “consistently busy” with occasional waitlists for services.

Ms Hill was speaking in support of a Charity Auction evening that is being organised by the Joondalup Business Association to raise awareness and funds for Youth Focus to continue its work in preventing youth suicide and helping young people with mental health issues.

The event will be held from 6 pm to 11 pm on Friday, November 25 at the Joondalup Business Centre.

Youth Focus’ Education and Training Coordinator Catherine Ashton will give a presentation about mental health issues relating to young people. The evening will also feature prizes and silent and live auctions.

Tickets cost $120 and include canapes, a three course meal and drinks and can be purchased at www.trybooking.com

For further information or to donate an auction item for auction please contact 9300 1414 or email admin2@jba.asn.au

Ms Hill said the Joondalup office offered specialist intervention for youth presenting with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation as well as other presenting issues including bullying/cyber bullying, school stress, management of peer boundaries and family relationships and alcohol and drug issues.

“Therefore, it is wonderful that organisations like the Joondalup Business Association hold these types of charity auction events to raise money to support the work we do,” she said.

“This is vital not only in maintaining a much needed service to young people, but also in raising awareness about mental health issues, suicide prevention and reducing stigma to assist more young people coming forward and seeking support when they need it the most.”

 

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