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What is the Youth Aftercare pilot?

Youth Aftercare is a support service for children and young people following significant suicidal ideation, self-harm or a suicide attempt.

The pilot support service is available for:

  • children, teens and young adults who are aged 25 and under 
  • their families 
  • residents of Blacktown in Western Sydney and Coffs Harbour in the Mid North Coast.

The support for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing will take into account their social, cultural, educational, and environmental situation, as well as their identified goals and needs.

Where to get help

To refer a child or young person to the Youth Aftercare Pilot program, or for more information:

Call: 1300 ALL YAP, 1300 255 927

Email: YAP@Newhorizons.org.au

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call

If it is an emergency, call 000 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.

About the Youth Aftercare Pilot initiative

The Youth Aftercare Pilot initiative offers practical, non-clinical community support for children and young people following significant suicidal ideation, self-harm or a suicide attempt. The service focuses on providing psychosocial support that responds to individual needs. This could include:

  • developing coping skills
  • strengthening relationships with family and friends
  • identifying education or work opportunities
  • managing addiction
  • finding secure housing.

The Youth Aftercare Pilot initiative is jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Commonwealth Health Innovation Fund.

The initiative is delivered by New Horizons in Blacktown and Coffs Harbour with two additional locations being established within Hunter New England and South Western Sydney regions.

The program is benefiting from a continuous co-production process bringing together peak bodies, mental health expertise and most importantly from young people with a lived experience of suicide and their families. 

This ensures the service continues to be relevant, accessible and effective in engaging children and young people and help to inform future service delivery to this priority population. 

Current as at: Thursday 28 October 2021
Contact page owner: Mental Health Branch