What …

… services are needed?

Young people and their families MUST have access to a full range of services to assist with the challenges encountered by suffering from mental health issues. Headspace is an excellent resource – as are private healthcare options – and the Queensland government’s Child and Youth Mental Health Services offer invaluable clinical support for many children and adolescents. However, young people whose mental health issues are severe and complex – and which persist after accessing the service options previously mentioned as well as others in the community and hospital-based – need something else if they are to begin to experience positive progress and if they are to continue to develop and learn throughout the key period of adolescence.

For 30 years, Queensland had the Barrett Adolescent Centre and the success stories that came from that period are many …

No other services in Queensland could help me – Barrett was my last resort. The long-term residential therapeutic programme focused on recovery through both conventional mental health models including medication and also a behavioural therapy approach, family therapy, social models of mental health and the dedication and commitment –not to mention expertise in the field of adolescent mental health – of the wonderful staff. Sometimes a long-term facility placement is required particularly when acute placements and community options have failed. This was the case for me. It was Barrett that saw me begin the long and winding road to recovery. These services could not be provided in another setting with the same amount of success.                                    ~ a former Barrett patient

However, the buildings Barrett occupied at Wacol were not ideal and those who worked there could provide even more effective support in a purpose-built centre that exists within A WELL-CONNECTED NETWORK OF COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROVISION.

So AN EXTENDED (longer stay), INPATIENT/RESIDENTIAL FACILITY WITH ONSITE SCHOOLING STAFFED BY A MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF CLINICIANS AND EDUCATORS (sometimes referred to as ‘Tier 3’) MUST BE AVAILABLE.

The small number that can’t survive without that are all people that we can’t afford to lose.