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Mental health support

Community-driven, ‘youth at risk’ programs that change young people’s lives in and around the Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Margaret River and Manjimup Warren Blackwood regions.
WA Department of Communities funded since 2000.

Maegen helped me when I was in one of the worst places of my life

She helped me piece it all back together, she was never judgemental and always supportive, she knew the right services to help connect me to. She helped me re-engage in school, she worked with student services to modify my timetable, which took so much pressure off. She really listened to me and helped me find the things I love doing.

A YSW Graduate nails the way we work

Maegen helped me when I was in one of the worst places of my life

She helped me piece it all back together, she was never judgemental and always supportive, she knew the right services to help connect me to. She helped me re-engage in school, she worked with student services to modify my timetable, which took so much pressure off. She really listened to me and helped me find the things I love doing.

A YSW Graduate nails the way we work

‘At risk’ youth program’s success stories

Kudos in spades to these four capable, courageous young people for tackling some huge obstacles with the support of our YSW Team
* Names and images changed to protect our clients’ identities.

Damian

Damian was struggling on all fronts. At home, he fought with his Mum. At school, he fought with pretty much everyone.

Amy

Amy’s mental health had been fragile for a long time. She had a history of self-harm and was considered a suicide risk.

Aaron

Aaron’s life was in chaos. At home, he clashed constantly with his stepdad. At school, he was bullied.

Leanne

When she couldn’t score a bed in a friend’s house, Leanne was homeless. She was using a lot of drugs and alcohol. She was in trouble with the police.

Sarah Abel

Meet Sarah Abel, Senior Youth Worker

It’s my absolute privilege to support young people as they navigate the barriers they face during the tough and tricky business of growing into adulthood.

In the six very fulfilling years I’ve worked at JSW, I’ve been a Manager and a Trainer on our Leadership and Alternative Education Programs and a Youth Worker on Our Youth South West Program.

JSW is a very supportive and innovative place to work. Everyone is open to trying new things, and we support each other in getting the best outcomes for our clients. We also have strong networks and longstanding relationships with other regional service providers, so we can draw on deep resources to support our young people.

Before transitioning to a career in Youth Work, I worked in television as an Account Manager for WIN and as an IT/Multimedia Trainer at TAFE. My IT and multimedia media background is an asset when it comes to working creatively with young people.

I support vulnerable clients aged twelve to eighteen. I take a holistic approach to help them explore their options for education and employment and reconnect to family and community.

Outside of work, I’m a soccer coach for eight to ten-year-olds, a keen yoga practitioner and a child sponsor for World Vision.

Our so-not-your-average-youth programs

Stable funding for youth programs is hard to come by. But The WA Department of Communities has funded our programs since 2000. We're immensely grateful for their ongoing vote of confidence in community-driven programs that change young people's lives.

Youth South West (YSW)

Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River

The JSW Youth South West (YSW) program is delivered across the Bunbury, Busselton and Margaret River regions, supporting young people aged 12-18. YSW is funded by the Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support.

YSW provides a holistic case management support service from our regional offices and outreach areas. Working from a strength based and empowerment perspective, YSW will work alongside young people to identify personal strengths in order to enhance their resilience and build capacity.

YSW offers informal counselling, advocacy, mediation, referrals to specialist agencies and support to access recreation and creative activities. The program has a strong focus on education and training, work experience/work placement and support to gain a learner’s permit.

Referral documentation is available online or a self-referral can be made.

To discuss eligibility for the YSW Program, please contact:

Email: ysw@jsw.org.au

Website: jsw.org.au

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Youth South West (YSW)

Warren Blackwood & Manjimup

The JSW Youth South West Warren Blackwood Program (YSWWB) is based in Manjimup supporting young people aged 12-18 across the Warren Blackwood region. YSW is funded by the Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support.

YSWWB provides a holistic case management support service, working from a strength based and empowerment perspective. YSW will work alongside young people to identify personal strengths to enhance their resilience and build capacity.

YSWWB offers informal counselling, advocacy, mediation, referrals to specialist agencies and support to access recreation and creative activities. The program has a strong focus on education and training, work experience/work placement and support to gain a learner’s permit.

Referral documentation is available online or a self-referral can be made.

To discuss eligibility for the YSWWB Program, please contact:

Email: ysw@jsw.org.au

Website: jsw.org.au

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Peel Youth on Track Program (PYOT)

Mandurah and Peel Region

The Peel Youth on Track Program (PYOT) is delivered by JSW Training & Community Services (JSW) across the Mandurah and Peel region. The PYOT program is a tailored place based intensive support program for young people aged 12 – 18 years of age who are displaying or experiencing challenging, high risk activities and complex behaviours. The program is a flexible and responsive service delivered from the Peel Health Hub from Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm with outreach support for young people and their families, the service is also available after hours where required.

The Program will offer young people the opportunity to identify personal strengths with a focus on understanding positive relationships, communication skills, conflict management, encourage offenders to take responsibility for their actions and avoid re-offending and high risk activities. Additional support will be offered to re-engage with education, access training including First Aid, Barista Training, Keys for Life and White Card.

PYOT is a free service funded by the Department of Justice via their Criminal Property Confiscation Grants.

Email: ysw@jsw.org.au

Website: jsw.org.au

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JSW Youth Support Programs FAQ

How old are the young people in your programs?

Our Youth South West (YSW) programs in Bunbury, Busselton, Warren Blackwood and Manjimup support children aged 12-18. These programs are funded by the Department of Communities – Child Protection and Family Support.

How do you support young people?

We provide a holistic case management and informal counselling service using outreach and centre-based support. We aim to develop the whole person. So, we combine counselling, mentoring, mediation, and referrals to specialist services with recreational and creative activities. We also support and champion young people in finding education, training and employment opportunities that work for them.

Who do you help?

Many of our young people are early school leavers. They often have no community contact, inadequate family support or family conflicts, and financial distress. They may also have significant mental health and substance misuse issues.

How do I refer a young person?

You can refer a young person by completing this form. To discuss whether your young person is likely to be a good fit for the program and to check the availability of places, please email.

Refer a young person to us

We provide skilful wrap-around support, including referrals to specialist services and recreational and creative activities, so young people can figure themselves out and find their way back to their families and communities.

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