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Below is a list of youth support services, including youth mental health and counselling, youth education services, youth support groups, youth mentoring services and youth contact services. If you cannot find local youth support services for your area, there is a list of state and national youth support services at the bottom of this page, including those offering counselling, information and referral services.

Victim Support Service and Child Witness Service Esperance

The Victim Support Service provides free, confidential counselling and support services for all victims of crime. These services are provided by professional counsellors and trained volunteers. Services available to victims of crime include:

  • Counselling and Support
  • Providing information and referrals to other support services
  • Helping victims write a victim impact statement
  • Preparing and supporting victims during a court case
  • Helping victims obtain information on the status of police investigations
  • Providing support when making an application for a restraining order
  • Providing information about criminal injuries compensation
  • Helping victims understand their rights within the criminal justice system
  • Providing information on the status of convicted offenders in WA, through the Victim Notification Register

The Child Witness Service is a voluntary and free service available to children under 18 years of age who are to give evidence to a court.

Trained staff can assist with:

  • accessing services such as counselling, police, legal, medical and other relevant services
  • working with the WA Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions and providing the child with up to date information as a matter progresses through the court system
  • preparing a child for giving evidence in court and providing in court support
  • helping a child to prepare a victim impact statement.

 

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headspace Esperance

headspace Esperance is linked to headspace Kalgoorlie which is a service tailored for the local community.

If you ever feel that you:

  • are feeling down or stressed or worried
  • can’t deal with school, bullying or struggling with friendships
  • want to talk about contraception, sexual health, sexuality, identity or relationships, drinking or drug use

headspace Esperance is a safe place where you can come to have a yarn about any of these issues. They provide early intervention services to young people aged 12 to 25.

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Esperance Community Mental Health Service

Mental Health services are provided for people of all ages within the Shires of Esperance, Raventhorpe and Dundas, with an identifiable mental health problems, which is affecting their ability to function in everyday living.

These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • attempts at Suicide
  • Eating Disorders
  • Acute transient psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar
  • Substance abuse.

Community based mental health services in the country areas have clinics and centres that have professional staff including psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, clinical psychologists and occupational therapists to provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and ongoing support.

Clinical Programs include;

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Aboriginal Mental Health
  • Adult Mental Health;
  • Seniors Mental Health
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Esperance Care Services – Boys to Men

The ‘Boys to Men’ training can be presented to a large group in a 90-minute workshop called “Who’s the Man”, where participants are presented with a real insight into some of the issues facing boys/men in Australia today. The “Boys to Men” training program is a small group workshop delivered over 6 sessions. By working through discussion topics and activities that centre around the themes of “CHOICE,” “RESPECT,” and “MATESHIP,” participants are actively involved in coming up with realistic strategies they can take away and use in their lives.

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Escare – Youth Service

Escare runs a part-time Youth Service that offers a regular group, information, referrals, advocacy, one to one assistance and recreational activities to you “at risk” people, ages between 12-18 years, in Esperance. The service objective is to:

  • Reduce the overall level of risk for the young person
  • Improve relationships with family, school and community where appropriate
  • Link young people to relevant services such as employment, training and education, accommodation, counselling, and other support services as deemed appropriate.
  • Enhance a young person’s ability to effectively manage their lives and increase their resilience.
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Centrecare – Child Contact Service

The Child Contact Services assists separated parents who are experiencing conflict or other concerns, with the safe, supervised transfer of children from one parent to the other for their visitations.

This service can also provide supervised visits, allowing children to spend time with the non-resident parent and this can be either onsite or off-site.

 

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State and National Youth Support Services Services

Youth Crisis and Emergency Services

The department of child protection and family support provide and fund a range of child safety and family support services throughout the state including mandatory reporting investigations and training, Working with Children Checks, fostering and adoption services, counselling and outreach programs, crisis accommodation, homelessness services, and emergency services support.

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Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s free, confidential 24/7 online and phone counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
 
• All young people are treated with respect
• All young people can choose the gender of the counsellor they speak to
• Young people are able to access the same counsellor if they wish to call back
No problem is too big or too small to call Kids Helpline about, including but not limited to: 
• Mental Health
• Physical Health
• Safety & Abuse
• Relationships & Sex
• Life issues
• Family & friends
• School & work
• eSafety
 
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Start Out

Start Out is an organisation which aims to support people of diverse sexualities and genders, eradicate discrimination against members of the LGBTQ+ community, and educate the wider community on the effects of discrimination and exclusion on LGBTQ+ youth. 
Service offered is a peer Role Model to act as a mentor and personal support. 
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Youth Legal Service

Youth Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation providing free legal services to children and young people (under 25 years of age) across Western Australia. 
 
Youth Legal Service provides legal advice in the following areas:
 
• Criminal Matters – legal advice on all criminal matters and traffic offences
• Motor Vehicle Accidents – legal advice and casework to establish liability and negotiate with insurers or claimants
• Contract Law – legal advice on establishing the capacity to contract, contractual obligations and unconscionable contracts
• Leaving Home – advice on legal rights and responsibilities and accessing personal belongings and papers
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eheadspace

eheadspace offers online and telephone mental health support to young people aged 12-25 years and their families or friends. Young people may contact eheadspace if they need advice, are worried about their mental health or are feeling isolated or alone. eheadspace is not a crisis service
 
How eheadspace can help:
• If you are feeling down
• If you are feeling stressed
• If you are being bullied
• If you have concerns about drugs and alcohol
• Getting along with your family and friends
• Romantic relationships
• Questions about sex
• Questions about gender and who you are attracted to
• Getting advice about helping a friend
• Anything you want to talk about!
 
Group chats allow you to connect with other people like you. Led by a headspace professional, group chats explore a range of helpful topics.
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DVassist Telephone Counselling Service

The DVassist counselling service is available Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm, via free call 1800 080 083 to anyone living in remote, regional, and rural Western Australia. We provide information and support for women, men and young people living in remote, regional, and rural Western Australia experiencing family and domestic violence.

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Kidshelpline

Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Kids Helpline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to talk to you. No problem is too big or too small to call Kids Helpline about.

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Qlife

QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia.

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1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assualt and domestic violence counselling service.

1800RESPECT provide support and counselling for:

  • People experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence
  • Their friends and family
  • Workers and professionals supporting someone experiencing, or at risk of experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

They can be contacted by phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Suicide Call Back

Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service that provides professional 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Suicide Call Back Service services include telephone chat services, online chat and video chat.

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