What We Do Vocational Support Program

Supporting young people and their mental health and vocational goals.

Youth Focus offers a free Vocational Support Program that helps our young clients with mental health challenges obtain and sustain employment that they are interested in and passionate about.

We can also assist in finding training or education courses that will help develop skills to increase your chances of securing work.

It’s all about finding your pathway, working together to overcome barriers and supporting you to achieve your goals.

Who can access this service?

Any young person who is engaged in counselling services with Youth Focus and is willing and motivated to find employment or complete education to gain new skills. This service is also offered by headspace Albany and Midland.

How does it work?

Our Vocational Support Program is complementary to clinical support. The vocational specialist and your counsellor will work closely, sharing information and ideas to improve your wellbeing.

The vocational specialist will meet with you regularly, outside of your normal counselling sessions to help you with:

  • Identifying employment, training or education that you may be interested in and assisting in the application process
  • Creating or updating a resume and cover letter
  • Looking for work
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Working with any existing support providers and Centrelink
  • Advice for starting a new job
  • Talking to your employer about your mental health barriers so that you feel safe and supported
  • Ongoing support to keep you mentally well

Download the support pathway map here.

How do I sign up?

If you’d like to participate in our Vocational Support Program, talk to your counsellor. They will then set up a meeting with you and the vocational specialist. We will work then closely together to support you throughout your journey.

Information for employers

We can assist employers in connecting with young people who are seeking work that aligns with your business goals, values and culture.

You will be introduced to a young person that is willing and motivated to learn and grow within your business. At the same time, you’ll be giving back to the community by giving a young person an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience.

We will equip you with resources to support the mental health of your employee.

For more information, download the brochure here.

If you’re an employer and would like to participate in the program or have any questions, please call the Youth Focus Vocational Specialist, Mercedes Panameno, on 0409 758 062.

If you are in an emotional crisis and require urgent support, please contact:

  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
  • Lifeline on 13 11 14

If you are looking for more information and online support, please refer to the following online resources:

To enquire about the services we can provide for you, or someone you know, please call:

(08) 6266 4333 More contact information