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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.

Helpful links

father holding baby in the air smilingWesley Young 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.  

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.

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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