Youth Enhanced Support Service (YESS)
The Youth Enhanced Support Service (YESS-SWS) provides youth friendly, strengths focused support to young people 12 to 25 years old with, or at risk of developing, a serious mental illness.
YESS-SWS is commissioned by South Western Sydney PHN and delivered by Uniting.
You and your family can receive holistic support that’s tailored to your individual needs. This might include psychological and social interventions, peer work, employment services, psychiatry or family work.
The YESS-SWS team can work flexibly with you, with a choice of face-to-face, online and outreach sessions.
- Explore options for mental health treatments together
- Engage your family and carers
- Work collaboratively with your GP, school, and wider support team
- Connect you with one of our peer workers (someone who’s experienced similar challenges to you)
- Explore options for finding or keeping a job
- Offer culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) services, including services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
If you need more mental health support than your GP, a private psychologist or headspace centre can provide, YESS-SWS would like to help.
A serious mental illness can be complex and enduring, significantly impacting a young person’s day-to-day work, education, social and/or personal life.
YESS-SWS aims to ensure young people with, or at risk of developing a serious mental illness, have access to quality service and interventions to support them in their recovery and reduce long-term mental ill-health, through an early intervention approach.
The service engages with the ‘missing middle’; those who require a more intensive service than SWSPHN youth mental health primary care services are funded to provide, but who also do not meet the state funded tertiary mental health service criteria. Therefore, YESS-SWS will work closely with headspace centres in Liverpool, Bankstown and Campbelltown, ReFrame in Wollondilly and Wingecarribee and SWSLHD mental health services.
You may be able to access this program if you:
- Are 12 to 25 years old
- Have, or are at risk of developing, complex mental health challenges
- Live, work or study in any of the following local government areas:
YESS-SWS can accept referrals from young people (self-referral), their family or friend (with the young person’s agreement), GPs, school counsellors and service providers. All referrals are discussed at an intake meeting. If a referral is not suitable for YESS-SWS, the service can assist in finding the right service.