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Mental health and children

Good mental health is vital for young people to develop the skills and resilience they need. We offer a range of services to help children and young people to improve and maintain good mental health.

Mental health for familiesYoung Healthy Minds

This is a free service based in Newcastle, where we provide children and young people access to services that help them build the skills and confidence they need to:

  • improve their emotional health and wellbeing
  • better manage the different aspects of their lives
  • better participate in their communities
  • reach their full potential.

We also help parents and carers learn about mental health issues such as anxiety and how to support the child or young person in their care.  

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Youth Work

Wesley Family Centres in Quakers Hill and Riverstone have a range of services to assist young people with:

  • school work and school life
  • social skills and social issues such as bullying and isolation
  • self-esteem and confidence building
  • career planning and recruitment
  • relationships with parents
  • advice and referrals to specialist services.

Wesley Worksmart

In Australia youth unemployment has averaged around 13.5%. In Western Sydney, the average climbs to 20% with some suburbs reaching as high as 45%.

Wesley WorkSmart targets 15 - 18 year olds, residing in Western Sydney, who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

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Mental health resources

  • EHeadspace: Speak confidentially to a qualified youth mental health professional.
  • Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI): Resources for children of parents who suffer from mental illness.
  • ReachOut:A national organisation working with young people and experts to deliver mental health services online. 
  • Sane Australia: An Australian charity providing information, guidance, and referrals to manage mental health concerns.
  • Youth Beyond Blue: The youth branch of Beyond Blue, an Australian organisation which provides support and information for people suffering depression and other mental illnesses.

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