Our Youth Support Services are for people aged between 16 and 25 with emerging or existing psychiatric disability as well as other significant issues including trauma, neglect and abuse , substance misuse, identity and gender, loss of connection with family and friends; disrupted education or employment, homelessness; and engagement in the justice system.
Our services have a strong focus on increasing:
- Resilience and adaptive coping skills
- Self-management of illness
- Sense of belonging.
- Confidence to make decisions and choices about support needs
- Social skills
- Relationships with family, carers and community
Our programs encourage positive personal growth and development as well as promoting healthy relationships. Our services develop strong and active partnerships with clinical, community health, employment, education, housing, and recreational services.
Our evidence-based approach incorporates the following components:
- Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM)
- Positive peer culture
- Health and wellbeing
- Skills development
We provide structured, goal-orientated programs ensuring that young people actively participate in decision making. We provide activities and new experiences that are meaningful, educative, safe and fun, and enable opportunities to extend individual social skills.
Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service
The Youth Residential Rehabilitation Service (YRRS) is a mental health recovery program set within a residential setting for young people aged 16 to 25 years with emerging or diagnosed mental health condition. Young people can remain within the program for a negotiated period of time (up to 12 months) while focussing on their individual recovery needs.
The aim of the YRR service model is to assist the young person to:
- Make choices based on their strengths and values
- Manage their mental illness and other physical health needs
- Build practical life skills and confidence for independent living
- Develop links with support services
- Develop and maintain meaningful relationships with family, friends and carers.
- Participate in education, vocational training, employment and other community activities of interest.
Services are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of community support workers, including staff with a lived experience of mental health recovery.
Neami operates four Youth Residential Rehabilitation Services in Victoria, located in Hawthorn, Moorabbin, Noble Park and Seaford.
Reconnect young people with the right supports
YFlex operates in outer Eastern Melbourne for young people who are facing significant barriers to accessing mental health services, are geographically isolated, or have a lack of service options.
Funded by the Eastern Melbourne PHN, the program integrates with clinical care to minimise interruption to development and community participation.
Our tailored approach to the Collaborative Recovery Model provides young people secure and responsive access to specialised, youth-friendly services, delivered by experienced workers who are aware of the developmental needs of adolescents and young adults.
The program will reconnect young people with mainstream health, mental health and community support as soon as they are ready.