Child and Youth Mental Health Service Community Clinics
CYMHS helps children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families who have complex mental health needs. Many CYMHS clients are struggling with anxiety, depression, their attachment-relationships, eating disorders, school refusal, psychosis, suicidal and/or self-harming behaviours and/or trauma. This struggle has usually impacted on their development, close relationships, activities, education or work.
Child and Youth Mental Health Service clinicians specialise in child, adolescent and family mental health and development. We will involve you in decision making, keep you informed, ask for your input, offer you choices and respect your privacy and need for confidentiality. By working together, we will support you to get back on track.
We work with you and your family or carers to develop a shared understanding of your concerns. Together, we will then develop a plan to help manage these difficulties. This happens at a face-to-face meeting – we call this a ‘Choice’ appointment.
Our services are recovery oriented – this means we recognise and help build on your strengths for better health and wellbeing. Our plans and actions may involve working with other people or agencies (with your permission) for a joint understanding of how best to help you. Your Recovery Plan may include:
- mental health assessments
- individual therapy
- family focussed work
- group work
- medication if required
- referrals to other teams within Child and Youth Mental Health Services.
Who will I see?
Our multidisciplinary team may include allied health professionals (psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists) and nursing, medical and administrative staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers. You may see one or more members of the our team, depending on your needs. Each team has a team leader and psychiatrist who will oversee your care.
You may also ask to meet with one of our Consumer / Carer Consultants who have experience living with a young person with mental health problems.
If you speak a language other than English, we will arrange a free interpreter.
Who can access this service?
We help children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families who have complex mental health needs. Complex mental health needs means more than one area in a child or young person’s life is being significantly affected (e.g. home life, school, friendships). Many of our clients are struggling with things like anxiety, depression, their significant relationships, eating disorders, school refusal, psychosis, suicidal and/or self-harming behaviours and/or trauma. Sometimes these things can be experienced as heavy sadness, tiredness, lack of energy, excessive worries or irritability. These struggles may have impacted on their development, close relationships, activities, education or work.
If you think that this may apply to you or your family, please speak with someone you trust such as a school nurse, teacher, GP or you can also contact us.
Child and Youth Mental Health Service clinics service a number of suburbs across the greater Brisbane area. Phone your closest Child and Youth Mental Health Service clinic for further information on referrals, catchment areas or other enquiries.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
GPs (general practitioners), paediatricians, guidance officers or any other helping professionals can refer to the Child and Youth Mental Health Service.
Young people can also self-refer.
We are responsive to children, young people and their families who contact our services in crisis.
Other referral information
Where possible, speak first with your GP, guidance officer or other helping professional and ask for their help to be referred to Child and Youth Mental Health Service. They will talk with you about your needs and help decide if which service can best help you. They will be able to support you to connect with Child and Youth Mental Health Services.
We find it helpful to know who your other supports in the community are so that together we (with your permission) can get the best outcomes for you.
When we receive a referral for a child or young person, we will contact you either by phone or letter. If you become worried at any time or have any questions, please phone us. Our clinics are open Monday to Friday, 8am/8:30am-5pm.
We know that things can go wrong at any time so we provide a 24hr crisis telephone line 07 3068 2555 and also have staff at the of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Emergency Department 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Information for health professionals
At Child and Youth Mental Health Services, we work with young people, children, and their family or carers to develop a shared understanding of their concerns. Together, we will then develop a plan to help manage these. This happens at an initial face-to-face meeting; we call this a ‘Choice’ appointment. An important part of this meeting is developing a shared understanding with the family or young person about what concerns them. We will actively support the young person and or family to ensure appropriate follow up happens, whether that is with Child and Youth Mental Health Services or through another service. As a referrer, you will (with the family / young person’s permission) receive a copy of a letter we send to the family succinctly summarising the ‘Choice’ appointment.
Our clinicians specialise in child, adolescent and family mental health and development. Our partnerships with other health care providers and agencies, important in the lives of children, young people and their families are critical to long term positive outcomes for consumers. With the young person, child and family at the centre, we will work with other professionals to address mental health issues agreed to with the consumer.
The Child and Youth Mental Health Service is a secondary referral service, although we will respond to self-referring children and young people, and their families who are in crisis.
As the Child and Youth Mental Health Service is a tertiary service, it is essential for us to link with primary health care providers and community services wherever possible to ensure systems are in place for ongoing health care post discharge.
Where possible, a brief written referral outlining concerns and expectations for the referral is very helpful and is the preferred referral mechanism. It is also possible to make verbal referrals to each clinic.
Our clinic is open Monday to Friday, 8am/8:30am-5pm.
We know that things can go wrong at any time so we provide a 24hr crisis telephone line 07 3068 2555 and we also have staff at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Emergency Department 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.