- New East Metropolitan Youth Unit (EMyU) to provide specialist youth mental health inpatient services
- Housed in the old Bentley Adolescent Unit, the EMyU will commence with six beds for 16 to 17 year-olds
- Essential site works over coming months will expand the EMyU service to 12 beds and increase the age range to 16 to 24 years
The new dedicated mental health youth unit in Bentley will be fully operational in the coming months, increasing the number of beds available for young people up to the age of 24.
The East Metropolitan Youth Unit will provide a 12-bed specialised mental health inpatient service for 16 to 24 year-olds, adding to the 14 youth beds at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the 20 beds at Perth Children's Hospital for children and adolescents, and the eight youth hospital in the home beds provided by Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.
Seventy-five per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. The State Government is committed to providing the support and treatment needed by young people to recover from mental health issues in safe and suitable environments.
The new unit will add to the Mental Health Commission's targeted purchasing for youth mental health initiatives, including $1.9 million for the WA Country Health Service's Youth Mental Health Program in the South-West and Pilbara regions; $1.4 million for the South Metropolitan Health Service's Youth Community Assertive Treatment Team; and $525,000 for the provision of a specialist child, adolescent and youth psychiatrist in the Kimberley region.
The East Metropolitan Youth Unit is made possible by the relocation of the Bentley Adolescent Unit to the new mental health unit at Perth Children's Hospital.
For emergency mental health assistance call the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 or 1800 676 822 (Peel), or Rurallink on 1800 552 002. For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14.
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The State Government is committed to increasing mental health services for young people in Western Australia.
"The opening of Perth Children's Hospital has allowed us to shift services and open a new dedicated unit to help meet demand for youth inpatient mental health services.
"We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our young people so they can go on to live full, healthy lives.
"We know that 75 per cent of mental health problems start before the age of 25, so providing appropriate care early is essential to helping WA's young people lead happy and productive lives."
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