Refer Someone You Know

Do you know someone who you are worried about?

Do you have concerns that they may be more anxious than usual, or their mood unusually low?

Has this persisted for longer than two weeks?

Have you noticed changes in their behaviour, thinking, or social interactions?

Who can make a referral?

Anyone can make a referral – you may be a young person seeking help or are a concerned friend, family member, school, colleague or other professional.

Who can be referred?

Youth Focus provides a range of early intervention and prevention services for people aged between 12 – 18 and their families who may be experiencing early signs associated with suicide, depression and self-harm.

Our Focus Plus program offers Individual Therapy for young adults aged 19 – 25.

The Youth Focus and Focus Plus team is made up of highly qualified and skilled psychologists, social workers, counsellors, family counsellors, and occupational therapists.

How to make a referral?

It’s simple. Call us at Youth Focus on (08) 6266 4333 anytime between 9am to  5pm Monday to Friday and ask to speak to the Triage Officer.

No paperwork necessary and it’s all free, so let us do the work!

Services are available from our offices located in Burswood, Joondalup, Fremantle, Rockingham, Mandurah, Bunbury, Collie, Geraldton and Albany as well as our school and outreach programs.

Questions you will be asked when making a referral

Youth Focus provides a person centred approach offering evidence based interventions for young people and their families who are referred.

In order to help you access our services, the Triage Coordinator will ask a number of questions to ensure Youth Focus is the most appropriate service for the young person including:

  1.  What are the current difficulties that you have observed leading to the referral i.e. change in school performance, peer difficulties, bullying, change in the family situation, trauma etc.
  2. Is there evidence of, or a history of, self-harm and / or thoughts of suicide?
  3. What signs of depression/ and anxiety have you noticed?
  4. Have you spoken with the young person directly and are they agreeable to participate in counselling?
  5. It is our requirement that a parent or guardian is aware of the referral and has consented to the referral for counselling therefore we ask for contact phone numbers for an appropriate adult.
  6. If the young person is assessed as a mature minded youth, we do not require parental consent; however we do require an adult emergency contact name and number.
  7. Sometimes we ask for permission to speak to other service providers involved with the young person such as a school, GP, CAMHS or other support service.
  8. If you are a professional referring a young person, has a risk assessment been completed?
  9. Does the young person require an immediate or crisis intervention response (e.g. Present to an Emergency Department, CAMHS, Acute Community      Intervention Team)?
  10. If simultaneous referrals are in place to alternative Mental Health Services , please advise the Triage Coordinator.

Other Resources

If you need urgent support please contact:

  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467,
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14.

If you are alooking for more information and online support have a look at the following online resources: