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.

Young people may present with a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, psychosis, school refusal, obsessive compulsive disorder and social and behavioural problems.

As these problems may be expressed in many ways, our programs often involve the whole family, not just the patient, because a young person’s problems cannot be effectively treated in isolation.

How do we treat Youth and Young Adult Mental Health at Ramsay Clinic Albert Road?


The Adolescent Unit (14 – 18 years of age) provides specialist inpatient programs for adolescents and young adults who are experiencing difficulties which prevent them from achieving their potential.

This inpatient unit offers:

  • Group programs
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy (as required)

To find out more about the young persons’ clinic at Ramsay Clinic Albert Road, please complete the contact us form, or alternatively contact 03 9256 8322 to have a confidential conversation with one of our staff members

Day Program

Day Programs are structured, therapeutic group sessions – think of it as ‘group therapy’. We have a diverse range of day programs on offer, each tailored to address the specific needs of the people we care for. Run once or twice a week, over a period of weeks or months, you’ll work with our expert therapists on building life skills, managing symptoms and preventing relapse. Depending on your program, you may also receive individual therapy sessions as part of your therapy.

Click here to view a list of day programs available at Ramsay Clinic Albert Road.

Outpatient Services

The Ramsay Clinic Albert Road Outpatient service provides specialist psychiatric services that do not require staying at the hospital. As an outpatient, you will be seen by a psychiatrist in our consulting suites. Psychiatrists at Albert Road can complete a range of services for outpatients including assessments, secondary consultations, short term or long-term care and therapy. The number of visits you may need will be discussed at your appointment and together with your psychiatrist, a treatment plan that meets your individual needs and the goals identified in your referral will be developed.

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