A new service will offer support for young people with moderate to severe drug and alcohol use in the Hunter Region.
The headspace Newcastle Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Service offers a range of psychological options for youth aged between 12 and 19.
These can include online resources and support; counselling and interventions, delivered either face-to-face or over the phone; and aftercare support to focus on relapse prevention.
It also provides care coordination to support and facilitate young people accessing services such as GPs, employment and housing services.
headspace Newcastle manager, Dr Stephen Hirneth, said the initiative would complement other vital programs already offered by the clinic.
“Drug and alcohol misuse is an issue facing many young Australians,” he said.
“headspace Newcastle has a well-established track record in delivering quality mental health services to young people in our community and our new, tailored service will allow us to offer additional levels of support and interventions in this area of need.
“If alcohol or other drugs are affecting you or a young person in your life in a negative way, it is important to know that you are not alone – there is support available here in Newcastle to help you improve your mental health and wellbeing and learn to the skills to guide you to recovery and a better headspace.”
Young people can access the service via the headspace Newcastle intake team or through their GP or other providers, such as youth services, schools, and health services.
Access to the services is free and a mental health treatment plan is not required.
Call 4929 4201 for more information about the service and eligibility criteria.