Supporting innovative youth mental health programs.

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Life can be full of ups and downs and the reality is that we all know someone who is impacted with mental health concerns.

Since 2012, Youturn has provided early intervention mental health services to 12 – 25 year olds through five (5) headspace centres in South East Queensland (Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Gympie, Maroochydore and Caboolture), which are funded by three Primary Health Networks (PHN’s). headspace provides free, non-judgemental and confidential support services based in a youth friendly centre. headspace supports young people transitioning into adulthood, providing mental health, physical and sexual health, work and study support as well as alcohol and other drug interventions.

Youturn is also a provider of the Youth Enhanced Service (YES), providing care to young people aged 12 to 25 who are experiencing complex mental health conditions. The YES program has a team of clinicians and healthcare professionals who provide psychological support and other care as needed. These services are currently available in Darling Downs & West Moreton, with programs expected to commence in the Adelaide metropolitan region in July 2023.

For various reasons including the pandemic and national rental crisis, the demand for mental health services has increased, with young people struggling to find the support that they need and often facing long wait times.

To meet the demand, Youturn is fundraising for additional tools and innovative solutions to complement our mental health programs to support young people.

“Mental Health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”

Mental Health services across Australia are experiencing a high demand from young people needing mental health support.

We believe that there is more we can do to support young people with their mental health concerns, which is why we are fundraising for additional programs to complement our existing mental health programs.

We are excited to have launched our mental health fundraising campaign, which commenced with an in-store campaign at Whites IGA stores on the Sunshine Coast (Baringa / Mooloolah Valley / Mount Coolum / Peregian Beach / Forest Glen and Bli Bli) in April 2023, and has been supported by our friends at 92.7 MixFM.

Driven by the compassion and support of our community, Youturn’s vision is to fundraise to expand our mental health programs to compliment those we already offer and meet increased demand for youth mental health services on the Sunshine Coast.

As a result of the incredible support received so far, Youturn have established the YouConnect Hub, a place for young people aged 12-25 to make connections, engage in additional activities, tools and innovative solutions to complement our mental health programs, and link in with support. Programs at the YouConnect Hub are designed in collaboration with young people, and have so far included MusicConnect, ArtConnect and MoveConnect.

MUSIC CONNECT

Led by local music legends Mufassa Music and Mason Hope, we are pumped for this FREE 6-week program at our YouConnect Hub. Over the 6 weeks, you will learn how to formulate a beat, try your hand at a variety of instruments, have a go at live looping, write your own lyrics, and more! Our next MusicConnect program is coming soon – stay tuned for dates and details!

ART CONNECT

Guided by incredible artists and professionals, ArtConnect is a FREE 6 week program, encouraging creativity, connections, and of course, fun! No art experience required. Come along, create, hang out, and make some great new friends!

MOVE CONNECT

In collaboration with the LEGENDS at Zone Fitness Maroochydore, we are excited to announce MoveConnect! Join our YouConnect Hub neighbours and learn all about looking after your physical health, and gain skills to keep fit and healthy!

“This year, we are seeing a marked rise in anxiety and school disengagement with young people reporting feeling anxious, unsupported, or disconnected at/with school. Unfortunately for many this also means isolation from their social circles resulting in, low moods and motivation, unemployment and further mental health challenges.

For those seeking mental health support, they face long wait times and unavailability in both private and public services, including headspace. I’ve lost count of the number of parents who call the intake team the morning after they have tried to take their teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to the hospital just to be sent home.”

Laura , headspace Maroochydore

If you are experiencing emotional distress and need to talk to someone, please call:

Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

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Youturn supports young and vulnerable people of all ages across Australia, committed to ensuring that they have access to secure and affordable housing, and enjoy optimal mental wellbeing.

Youturn would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive

Youturn is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. Youturn welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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