Youth mental health services

Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) - This service at Children’s Health Queensland specialises in helping infants, children and young people up to the age of 18 years who have complex mental health needs.

Brisbane North PHN has funded the following youth mental health services:


headspace - National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Intensity: low intensity, moderate intensity
Region(s): ALL

Introduction to the service provider
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other
drug services.

Introduction to the service
Young people aged 12-25 with mild to moderate mental illness can access mental health services via four headspace centres at Caboolture, Nundah, Redcliffe and Taringa. These centres provide a range of support services including one-to-one counselling, supportive family psycho-education and support groups for young people. Support services and information is also available for young people, their families and friends, as well as health professionals via the main headspace website or from the online counselling service at eheadspace

Eligibility criteria
Young people aged 12-25 with mild to moderate mental illness.

Referral information
Young people can access health services from their closest headspace centre via self or parent-referral or via professional referral (e.g. GP, hospital, emergency services).

Service access
This service is commissioned by Brisbane North PHN and there is no cost to the client. After hours services are available, contact the local service agency for further information. A mental health care plan is required for access to ongoing allied health professionals.

Contact information

headspace Caboolture
t 07 5428 1599
Suite 38, The Lakes Centre, 8-24 King Street,
Caboolture QLD 4510

headspace Nundah
t 07 3370 3900
1264 Sandgate Road, Nundah QLD 4012

headspace Redcliffe
t 07 3897 1897
457 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe QLD 4020

headspace Taringa
t 07 3157 1555
5 Moorak Street, Taringa QLD 4068

For further information refer to the main headspace websites:

Asha - Redcliffe Area Youth Space

Intensity: high intensity, suicide prevention
Region(s): Moreton Bay North, Redcliffe/North Lakes

Introduction to the service provider
Asha is a youth mental health program managed by lead agency Redcliffe Area Youth Space (RAYS). It is a partnership project that also has service hubs in Deception Bay (managed by Deception Bay Community Youth Programs, DBCYP), and in Caboolture (managed by Intercept Youth and Family Service).

Introduction to the service
Asha is a youth mental health service, which provides mobile outreach support to the region’s most vulnerable young people (aged 12–25), in the Moreton Bay North and Redcliffe/North Lakes sub regions. This is a targeted service that supports vulnerable young people who either have, or are at risk of developing a severe mental illness. Asha applies a youth-appropriate holistic approach in working with young people. It focuses on engagement and relationship building as a means of achieving clinical outcomes, and places equal value on social inclusion, psychosocial and clinical outcomes. The multidisciplinary team employs allied health professionals as well as youth and family workers. Staff provide individualised case management and therapeutic interventions for eligible young people.

Eligibility criteria
The following criteria applies:

  • 12-25 years of age
  • live in the Moreton Bay North or Redcliffe/North Lakes sub regions 
  • informed consent has been provided
  • specific mental health concerns are resulting in a decline in function across life domains
  • have a current or provisional diagnosis relating to mental health, which is severe and either episodic or persistent in nature
  • OR significant evidence exists (this may be provided verbally or through collateral information) to suggest a severe mental illness is present or likely to be developed.

Target population groups
The target population groups for this service are very specific, as per the eligibility criteria. The service is accessible only to young people in the Moreton Bay North and Redcliffe/North Lakes sub regions. Services in Caboolture, Deception Bay and Redcliffe will all operate on an outreach basis to provide maximum coverage to the whole region. The target population groups for this service include young people that are difficult to engage, hard to reach, vulnerable and socially disadvantaged including:

  • homeless young people or those at risk of homelessness
  • young people transitioning from long-term out of home care or those involved with child safety
  • young people of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTIQAP+)
  • young people who are involved with the youth justice system
  • young people who are disengaged from school
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • young people who are culturally and linguistically diverse including refugees.

Referral information
Referral pathways have been established with key referral agencies including GPs in the Moreton Bay North and Redcliffe/North Lakes regions.

Service access
Asha is commissioned by Brisbane North PHN and there is no cost to the client. It is available after hours and weekends on an as-needs basis. Services are delivered via a flexible outreach model in agreed locations.

Contact information
Referrals or enquiries should be directed to:
Redcliffe Area Youth Space (RAYS)
Corner of Anzac and Oxley Avenues, Redcliffe QLD 4020
t 07 3283 8769