We offer free health and wellbeing services for young people experiencing homelessness at our location in the CBD.
Sometimes wellbeing means stepping outside of the box and thinking about small changes that can make a huge difference.
Our alternative therapies are creative ways to get young people involved in activities aimed at improving wellbeing.
Our Animal Assisted Therapy program partners dogs with young people experiencing homelessness who may feel disconnected.
The program has received positive reactions and has been effective in reducing the feelings of stress and anxiety while increasing social interaction and relationships.
Embracing creativity can also boost wellbeing and a sense of peace.
Through music and art, we aim to improve young people’s capacity to cope with difficult situations and hope for the future.
Time can also be spent in our sensory rooms located on each floor of Frontyard.
The YPHS is run by The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Adolescent Health. It’s the only primary health care service specifically working with young people who are at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness or marginalisation.
The service is free and caters to people aged 12 to 24. Drop-ins are welcome during open hours, which are Monday to Friday 11:30am to 5pm. Health care staff are available for treatments, assessment, information and referrals.
Undergoing traumatic circumstances — such as being without the safety and comfort of home — can have devastating effects on mental health and wellbeing.
The Check-In service is provided by a multidisciplinary group of Youth Mental Health Clinicians for people who are at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness.
Check-In is for people aged 12 to 24 and addresses psychological distress and challenging, at risk or suicidal behaviours.
The service offers:
Check-In is available 7 days a week. Opening hours are 9am to 11pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm weekends.
The Homeless Youth Dual Diagnosis Initiative (HYDDI) supports young people aged 16 to 25 experiencing homelessness.
The initiative combats the co-presence of mental illness and substance abuse.
These issues can have a massive impact on a young person’s ability to get back on track and can lead to long-term homelessness in adulthood.
The HYDDI team identifies symptoms, seeks ways to aid recovery and assists with links to other necessary services.