Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    FSH enhances acute youth mental health service

    20/11/2016 7:00 AM
    • More beds now open in State's first mental health unit for 16-24 year olds at Fiona Stanley Hospital
    • Community outreach service provides additional support for young people post discharge and reduces the need for inpatient care 

    An additional six beds will open today at Western Australia's dedicated mental health Youth Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital.


    Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said the beds would provide better access to an age-appropriate hospital environment and model of service, for young people aged between 16 and 24 with acute mental illness.


    "Between 16 and 24 can be a challenging phase of life for many people and is when the majority of mental health issues begin to emerge," Ms Mitchell said.


    "If identified early enough, these issues can most often be dealt with within a community setting by appropriate counselling and treatment services, however some may require specialised hospital care."


    An outreach Youth Community Assessment and Treatment Team service also launched in April 2016 as an extension of the Youth Unit to provide essential support to young people in the community.


    The service will provide therapeutic care to young people in their preferred environment and link them into other services available within the community.


    Health Minister John Day said the service provided timely support to young people in crisis.


    "Specially trained clinicians work closely with schools, community managed organisations and primary health care providers to facilitate early assessment and treatment," Mr Day said.


    "This reduces the likelihood of having to attend an emergency department and admission into hospital."


    Young people are encouraged to seek help early to develop strategies to manage their mental health.


    Young people can self-refer to the Youth Community Assessment and Treatment Team by phone (6152 7999) or be referred by their GP or a community support organisation.


    Fact File

    • Mental health disorders affect about 26 per cent of young Australians each year and are more prevalent in people aged 16 to 24 than any other age group
    • 75% of mental illnesses first occur between the ages of 16 and 25 years
    • The Youth Community Assessment and Treatment Team is the first community service of its kind in WA for 16 to 24-year-olds with complex mental health issues
    • In the first six months, the Youth Community Assessment and Treatment Team service:
      • received 148 referrals
      • diverted 32 young people from being admitted to mental health units
      • facilitated early discharge for 35 young people from local mental health units 

    Mental Health Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Health Minister's office - 6552 6200


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