The Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic has very quickly impacted all our lives in many ways. While the modes of access are different than what we are used to there is still lots of information and support out there for young people in need. We have compiled the latest advice and service information relevant for young people.
If you are unsure about the services you need, or need some help contacting them please contact us at Maribyrnong Youth Services on 9091 4700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Phoenix Youth Centre is currently closed due to COVID 19, but the Youth Service team are still working and will continue to provide Maribyrnong young people with individual support during this time.
Whether you are looking for specific information on services that can help, or would just like to chat about how you are going, the team is happy to contact you.
Just leave your details below, and a youth worker will call or message you for a chat at a time that suits you.
headspace Sunshine provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are experiencing emotional or mental health issues.
Currently headspace is not offering face to face sessions however they continue to provide support via phone. Please contact for further details or support.
You can also go to www.eheadspace.org.au to explore online support options.
Phone: (03) 9927 6222
Orygen provides specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 24 who reside in the western and northern regions of Melbourne (Referral Only). They focus on providing early intervention to young people with severe and/or complex mental illness.
Triage (New referrals to OYH): 1800 888 320
General Enquiries (03) 9966 9100
How to refer: https://oyh.org.au/how-refer
Foundation House Sunshine provides a range of specialist programs for young people from refugee backgrounds who have recently arrived in Australia, aged 16–25. Their focus is to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture or other traumatic events
Phone: (03) 9389 8900 or 9389 8777
How to refer: https://foundationhouse.org.au/for-clients/make-a-referral/
Wombat Housing Support Services provides a range of free services to youth, singles and families at risk of homelessness. The Maribyrnong Youth Accommodation Program, MYAP provides case management support to young people aged between 16-25 in the inner west region of Melbourne who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program focuses on culturally and linguistically diverse young people.
As the response to the COVID-19 outbreak Wombat can currently: Provide regular contact and support via phone and email, assist with dropping off food & essential items in line with social distancing requirements, provide referrals and advocacy, develop social isolation care plans as required, monitor the health, safety and wellbeing of clients.
Phone: 8327 2222, Free call 1800 887 775
Unison Housing provides of services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Melbourne’s West. They connect people to safe and affordable short, medium or long term accommodation combined with support to assist with addressing any issues that may have contributed to the housing situation.
For initial assessment and planning:
Phone: (03)9689 2777 or Free call 1800 825 955
1800 Respect provides 24 hours a day support to people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. They can provide confidential information, counselling and support.
Phone: 1800 737 732
Women’s Health West
provides family violence services and undertake health promotion actions. To escape family violence, contact them from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Phone: (03) 9689 9588
Safe Steps provides 24/7 family violence support for women, young people and children experiencing family violence.
Phone: 1800 015 188
YSAS provides a range of programs and services for young people aged 12 to 21 years who are experiencing significant problems related to their alcohol or drug use. These programs are free, confidential and voluntary. All services will now take place over the phone.
Phone: (03) 8080 8040
Western Health: Drug Health Services are taking referrals for over the phone Alcohol and other drug counselling. They also provide secondary consult to services and agencies.
Phone: (03) 8345 6682
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre provide a range of material, financial, and counselling support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Phone: (03) 9326 6066
http://www.asrc.org.au/our-work/foodandmaterialsupport/ - For food and material support and community meals
WEstjustice provides free legal help to people in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The offices have been closed but legal advice clinics continue to operate via phone.
Phone: 9749 7720 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
For the latest Coronavirus information and advice
Head to Health - Mental health and wellbeing support during COVID 19
How to cope with stress related to Coronavirus - Headspace