Accoras you.nique is our Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS), funded by the Department of Social Services. Our FMHSS covers the Gold Coast, Brisbane South and inner Brisbane areas, providing individual support, group programs and community education, awareness and engagement activities.
you.nique provides free, individual outreach support for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years, with the involvement of their families. Our team of Child and Family Advocates work in client homes, childcare centres, kindergartens, schools and in the community, helping children and families to identify their strengths and set goals to improve their emotional health and wellbeing, through improving their confidence, resilience, coping skills, self-esteem and self-regulation abilities.
Referrals can be made by any individual (e.g. a family member, educator, health provider, community worker or the child or young person themselves). You can download our referral form here.
We can support any child or young person living in our service areas who are:
✔ Experiencing a diagnosed mental health concern;
✔ Showing early signs and symptoms of a mental health concern; or
✔ At risk of developing a mental health concern.
Our priority client groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children in contact with the child protection system, young people leaving out-of-home care and children and young people experiencing homelessness, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, disability or who have a history of trauma.
We also have specific funding to provide tailored support to children and young people aged 0 to 18 years who are from a refugee background and who have been living in Australia for less than five years, by working closely with key settlement and multicultural services in the local community to provide culturally appropriate support. We help children, young people and their families to address challenges related to settlement, family and social difficulties, relationships, anxiety, depression, anger and trauma-related symptoms. Please click here to download the referral form for this service.
We run group programs in schools which focus on helping students to develop and improve their coping and problem-solving skills. We also run groups for parents, which provide the tools and information they need to help set limits and build positive and healthy relationships with their children. Please click here for more information about our group programs for children, young people and parents.
Community Education, Awareness and Engagement
Community mental health literacy is critical to improving the mental health of families. We attend school events and expos to provide information about our service, help promote conversations about the importance of child and family mental health and wellbeing, and deliver a range of mental health education and awareness workshops and community engagement and development activities, including Mental Health First Aid. We also partner with other organisations to support shared clients and promote stronger, mentally healthy communities.