GENHEALTH Youth Services launched a youth mental health and wellness support service at Nambucca Youthie on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Louise Tan of GenHealth told News Of The Area: “GenHealth Youth Services is a service of GenHealth, which is a community-based organization providing primary health services that promote physical, mental and social well-being in the Mid North areas. Coast and Clarence.
“GenHealth Youth Services is funded by the Healthy North Coast Primary Health Network.
When asked if this new service was the result of an identified need for the valley’s youth, Ms. Tan explained that GenHealth and Healthy North Coast “have embarked on a co-design project to better understand and respond to youth mental health services in the Nambucca Valley ”.
“Nambucca’s co-design shops involved young people who had accessed the previous service and included their friends and families. “
Three specific needs were identified: early intervention and social connectivity, technology-assisted care coordination, and post-attempt care support through facilitated clinical screening and connection.
Ms Tan said the new service aims to address these needs by:
1. Provide young people with better access to social groups and support those who share a lived experience of mental health, including better access to peer workers
2. Youth leaders supporting digital health strategies; and greater availability of digital devices for telehealth access
3. Identify young people in need of support and connect agencies that provide additional care and support to young people, family and friends when needed.
Across the country, many people are in need of extra support during this unusual time with COVID restrictions and the impact it is having on daily life.
“Data across the country shows us that more young people need support in these unprecedented times of COVID-19 and face a lot of uncertainties,” Ms. Tan said.
All appointments for this service are currently online, and GenHealth hopes to be able to offer in-person appointments once restrictions allow.
The service is accessible via a self-referral and an external referral (another service / family or a friend).
GenHealth Youth Services can be contacted by email at [email protected] and is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By Rachel MCGREGOR-ALLEN