Youth Residential Mental Health Services

Peninsula Health’s residential mental health service is called Youth Prevention and Recovery Care (YPARC).

The Youth Prevention and Recovery Care service (YPARC) is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, community mental health practitioners, a peer practitioner and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) lived experience worker.

Music therapy, dietetics and exercise physiology also contribute to our group program and can offer you individual consultations. All of our YPARC staff are trained and experienced in providing compassionate, youth friendly mental health treatment and support.

The YPARC team can provide you with assistance around physical, psychological/emotional, social, and spiritual needs that you identify as being important. We work in partnership with you and will usually involve a combination of one-to-one consultations, group interventions and where appropriate, family work.  At the time of leaving our YPARC you will have a comprehensive support plan and referrals to community-based supports if needed. 

Who we care for 

Our YPARC supports people aged 16 – 25 years living in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Areas.  

You can be referred to the YPARC following a mental health crisis or may have had challenges with your mental health and functioning for some time.

YPARC can help when you are:

  • experiencing worsening social isolation
  • feeling a loss of belonging or purpose
  • losing hope and struggling to get the help you need at home
  • likely to have a hospital admission without enhanced support
  • ready to leave a hospital setting but need more help than is available at home

How to access this service 

All new referrals for our YPARC are made via Mental Health Telephone Triage. 

You can self-refer or somebody close to you can make a referral on your behalf. We will always want to talk with you before offering support and making any plans.

If you are already accessing a Peninsula Health Mental Health and Wellbeing Service (for example a crisis or inpatient service) an internal referral can be made on your behalf.

Need help now?

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on Triple Zero (000).

If you need urgent help for your mental health or would like to access specialist mental health support through Peninsula Health please contact Mental Health Telephone Triage on 1300 792 977, 24 hours, 7 days per week.

If you need immediate mental health support and are unable to utilise a telephone service please attend the Frankston or Rosebud Emergency Department in person 24 hours, 7 days per week.