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Health & Wellbeing

Living through tough circumstances can have a significant impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.

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We offer free health and wellbeing services for young people experiencing homelessness at our location in the CBD.

Of the young people who visited Frontyard in 2018

Of the young people who visited Frontyard in 2018, 12.67% had not seen a nurse or doctor in the past 12 months, 48.20% had a mental health diagnosis, and 30.06% were concerned about their current mental health.

Alternative therapies

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.

Opal and Leila our therapy dogs Our animal therapy dogs - Opal and Leila

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.

Young People’s Health Service (YPHS)

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.

Support for psychological distress

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:

  • early intervention
  • therapeutic support
  • recovery orientated triage and assessment
  • mental health service navigation

Check-In is available 7 days a week. Opening hours are 9am to 11pm weekdays and 10am to 6pm weekends.

Mental illness and substance abuse

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.

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