Youth men­tal health boost

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

Life­line WA has opened reg­is­tra­tions for young peo­ple in Rock­ing­ham to take part in a pi­lot pro­gram of­fer­ing skills train­ing to teenagers deal­ing with se­vere emo­tional vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

The DBTeen: men­tal well­be­ing skills groups for young peo­ple and fam­i­lies pro­gram is funded by WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance to pro­vide up to 12 Rock­ing­ham res­i­dents aged 14 to 18 with ac­cess to com­mu­nity-based di­alec­ti­cal be­hav­iour ther­apy.

DBT is a highly ef­fec­tive form of ther­apy, which com­bines learning ac­cep­tance, while recog­nis­ing the need for change at the same time.

Re­fer­rals for DBTeen are now open and can be made by the young per­son them­selves, a fam­ily mem­ber or guardian, a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner, a school psy­chol­o­gist/coun­sel­lor or any other men­tal health prac­ti­tioner.

The pi­lot pro­ject will start on April 29 and run for 12 weeks.

Rock­ing­ham is one of four ar­eas where the group ses­sions will be rolled out, with the pi­lot pro­gram also being of­fered in El­len­brook, Wan­neroo and Gos­nells.

Life­line WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Lorna MacGre­gor said the or­gan­i­sa­tion hoped the DBTeen pro­gram would make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of pro­gram par­tic­i­pants.

“Life­line WA is com­mit­ted to help­ing im­prove ac­cess to DBTbased treatment in WA,” she said.

“We know it’s im­por­tant for young peo­ple who are un­able to man­age in­tense emotions to have ac­cess to ef­fec­tive treatment be­fore it man­i­fests in harm­ful or de­struc­tive ways.”

WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance prin­ci­pal ad­viser and re­search di­rec­tor Danny Rock said the pro­ject was being funded to pi­lot tar­geted in­ter­ven­tion in a pri­mary care set­ting.

Re­fer­ral brochures and forms are avail­able on the Life­line WA web­site at https://www.life­linewa.org.au/Ser­vices/DBTeen.

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