Youth and young adult mental health

The physical and emotional changes of youth and young adulthood can make young people particularly vulnerable to mental health issues. They can face a number of difficulties including anxiety, attachment disorders, depression, eating disorders and self-harm or suicide risk.

It’s vital that young people and their families can access specialised support and treatment as soon as they require it, in order to avoid poorer outcomes and over-medicalisation as the young person grows.

Treatment for youth and young adult mental health issues may include psychiatric and psychological interventions.

How do we treat Youth & Young Adults at Ramsay Clinic Northside?

The Ramsay Clinic Northside Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Service is a unique service designed to care for the mental health of young people aged 14 to 25 years old.

  • The Adolescent Service (14 to 18-year-olds)
  • The Young Adult Service (18 to 25-year-olds)

With both inpatient and day program services available, the Clinic strives to support the psychological wellbeing and recovery of teenagers and young people with established and emerging mental health conditions.

What services are available?

Ramsay Clinic Northside Clinic offers an Adolescent Service for teenagers aged 14 to 18 years, and a Young Adult Service for people aged 18 to 25 years. Both services provide inpatient care and day programs designed to support the unique needs young people.

Our Inpatient Care involves a mix of individual, group therapy and psychiatric treatment. A psychiatrist will work with our multidisciplinary team of health professionals including mental health nurses, psychologists, art therapists and music therapists, to create a treatment and recovery plan tailored to meet the young person’s needs.

Our Day Programs are designed to provide young people with continued support as they transition back to everyday life, study and work. Facilitated by psychologists and psychiatrists, our programs complement the care they receive from their own GP and specialist treatment team.

We are committed to providing person-centred, holistic care that addresses the psychological, physical, nutritional and social health needs of the young people we care for. We work in collaboration with loved ones to empower young people with the skills they need to return to everyday life and work towards a bright future.

What therapies are offered?

The therapies offered as part of our inpatient and day programs are designed around evidence-based psychological treatments. Young people in our care may participate in:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help them better understand the interplay between thoughts, emotions and behaviours
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) to help them learn new skills and ways to manage their emotions
  • Mindfulness to help them develop their attention and awareness
  • Supportive psychotherapy sessions to help them talk through their concerns and find practical solutions.
  • Education to explore skills for leading a healthy lifestyle beyond inpatient care.
  • Expressive Therapy to explore feelings and though processes through creative means such as art, music or storytelling.

Where are the services located?

Ramsay Clinic Northside Clinic offers both the Adolescent and Young Adult Services.

Young people admitted to the service enjoy spacious private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, a modern gym, an onsite café, and wellness areas including a dedicated art therapy room.

With 32 beds in our purpose-built Adolescent and Young Adult Inpatient Unit, Ramsay Clinic Northside Clinic is well equipped to deliver specialised adolescent and young adult mental health care.

Who can access these services?

We care for young people who require support for mental health conditions including, but not limited to:

  • General mental health
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Self harm
  • School refusal
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social and behavioural problems
  • Personality disorders
  • Adjustment disorders

We also offer inpatient and day programs specifically designed for people aged 14 and older with eating disorders and for people aged 18 and older for substance misuse and addiction.

Find out more

To find out more or enquire about admission to the Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health Services offered at Northside Group, you can complete this contact form and one of our helpful staff will be in touch or call us on 02 9433 3555.

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