Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Specialist youth service now has a new home

    13/05/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Dedicated facility provides mental health care for youth aged 16-24 years
    • Youth have the highest prevalence and incidence of mental disorders of all age groups 
    A new home for Youth Axis, which supports young people with mental illness, has been officially opened today by Mental Health Minister Helen Morton.
     
    Located in Salvado Road, Wembley, Youth Axis forms part of the specialist youth mental health services which recognise and target the complex needs of youth. 
     
    Under the management of North Metropolitan Health Service Mental Health, Youth Axis provides specialist youth mental health services to young people aged 16 to 24 across the Perth metropolitan area.
     
    Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said 75 per cent of adults with psychiatric disorders experienced the onset of their illness by age 24, making early intervention services for young people and their families essential.
     
    "It is so important that we do what we can to help the most vulnerable members of our society to lead healthy and productive lives," Mrs Morton said.
     
    Staffed with a skilled multidisciplinary team including a consultant psychiatrist; community mental health nurses; occupational therapists; social work and psychology staff, the service focuses upon young people at ultra-high risk of psychosis and/or have an emerging personality disorder.
     
    Since its start in July 2013, Youth Axis has been funded through a service agreement between the Mental Health Commission and the North Metropolitan Health Service.
     
    The provision of youth-specific, individualised care in a supportive environment is a priority for the State Government.  Youth Axis works in close partnership with other youth mental health services including YouthLink, YouthReach South, and the new $2.5 million youth specialist mental health community treatment service recently announced as a part of the 2015-16 State Budget.
     
          Fact File
    • Fourteen per cent of young people aged 12 to 17 years and 27 per cent of young people aged 18 to 24 years will experience a mental health problem in any one year
    • Suicide accounts for almost a quarter of all deaths in people aged 20 to 24 years
    • Youth Axis team visits schools and youth centres to support young people 
    Minister's office - 6552 6900