Department of Health

New youth mental health services to meet increased demand

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Last week the Victorian Government unveiled a new 20-bed Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC) centre in Parkville, which will soon begin providing mental health treatment to young people.

The YPARC services are an alternative to hospital admission and provide early, flexible, and around-the-clock clinical care for young people, with recovery-focused treatment.

The YPARC facility is designed to create a welcoming and home-like environment with private bedrooms including ensuite bathrooms. A communal kitchen, dining and living areas, breakout spaces and an outdoor garden will encourage rest and recovery, and support family visits.

The YPARC centre is located alongside Orygen, The National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health and is close to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, ensuring young people have easy access to other support services if needed.

In addition to this, a new Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE) service specifically for children and young people at risk of suicide and self-harm, has also opened its doors at Orygen.

This service provides a 12-week program of clinical and social support that is individually tailored, culturally specific, and promotes healing and recovery.

The HOPE service, to be delivered by Orygen, is the first of four youth-specific sites to open in the coming months. 

In an additional boost, the Victorian Government has provided $4.9 million to deliver 24 mental health Hospital in the Home beds. The new Hospital in the Home beds provide intensive community-based treatment for people who are experiencing acute mental health crises and would otherwise require admission to a mental health inpatient facility.

Orygen will provide 15 beds to support young people aged 16-25 years and Barwon Health will deliver nine beds for adults aged 16-64. This innovative program aligns with recommendations handed down by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System  to deliver 170 new acute mental health beds in Victoria.

Reviewed 14 April 2022

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