Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)

Eastern Health CYMHS is a specialist mental health service for children and young people up to the age of 25 years who are displaying symptoms of psychiatric disorder or severe emotional and behavioural disturbance.

The service is available to families who live in the central and outer eastern region of Melbourne.

The aim of Eastern Health CYMHS is to reduce the extent and severity of these mental health problems in children and young people in our community.

  • CYMHS offers a number of clinical services including:
  • Consultation and Assessment
  • Community clinical case management and interventions.
  • Consultation and liaison with other health professionals and agencies
  • Cultural support for young Aboriginal people
  • Youth Peer and Family Carer Advisors
  • Avenues Education
  • Community Education Seminar for community agencies and services.
  • Mental health promotion

Community Clinics @ Box Hill, Ringwood, Ferntree Gully & Lilydale
Most CYMHS clients are seen in one of our community clinics. Important people in our client’s life, such as parents and siblings, may also be invited to be involved. The community clinics are staffed by multidisciplinary mental health clinicians and provide a comprehensive range of multimodal and evidence based, recovery oriented, assessment and treatment approaches. Often we also liaise with the school and other agencies involved to assist with our client’s school experience and to enhance the coordination of care across agencies.

Early Psychosis Teams
There are two early psychosis teams, one at Ringwood and one at Box Hill. They see young people aged 0-25 for early treatment and support with psychosis. It is an evidence based treatment program where we can see you at home or meet you at a clinic to help you manage your symptoms. Important people in your life are invited to join us in helping you and we can liaise with school, college or work if you would like us to.

Inpatient Unit at Box Hill
Clients who may need more intensive assessment and treatment may benefit from a stay at our inpatient unit for a period of time. The unit can arrange a stay for as little as one day up to several weeks or more. The unit is a safe environment, shared with other similar aged peers and in which young people work with mental health professionals in individual and group programs.

Groupworx Adolescent Day Program at Ringwood
The Day Program provides an opportunity to attend a program several days a week with a group of young people to develop coping skills and a sense of social responsibility. The program is staffed by both mental health professionals and teachers to offer young people both a therapeutic and an educational focus during the program. Young people accepted onto the Groupworx Program must be working with one of our community teams.

Intensive Mobile Treatment Team
The Intensive Mobile Treatment Team (IMTT) is an intensive outreach service for children and young people in our community. The multidisciplinary IMTT mental health clinicians provide a comprehensive range of multimodal and evidence based, recovery oriented, assessment and treatment approaches. IMTT work closely with the service system around the young person to enhance the coordination of care across agencies. IMTT also work hard to ensure that the people in their client’s life that make decisions about them are mindful of a young person’s mental health.

• When you first call to get help an Access Clinician will ask questions in details to work out what help is needed and who can provide that help.
• If CYMHS is the best service for you, an Initial Consultation will be offered to you and your family to discuss the best options of treatment.
• There are several types of treatment that may be recommended by your clinical case manager.

The decision to choose a particular treatment is usually determined by the type of mental health problem you are experiencing but may include or be a combination of the following:

  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Psycho-education
  • Further assessments
  • Medication
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Day program treatment

Individual Recovery Plans

Individual Recovery Plans (IRPs) are agreements between clients and their Clinical Case Managers about the diagnosis, treatment and its focus.

They are developed in conjunction with the child, adolescent , young adult ,family and significant others after the Initial Consultation and  during your treatment with CYMHS.

  • These detail:
  • The major problems
  • Treatment goals
  • Strategies to achieve goals
  • People involved and their responsibilities
  • Time frame

Have you considered the following before contacting us:

  • visiting your GP
  • spoken to your school welfare coordinator
  • contacted your local Community Health Centre

All referrals should be directed to the Access Team on:

1300 721 927 (Press Option 2)

If you think CYMHS might be suitable for you or for a family member you will need to call the number above and speak with the Access Clinician who will discuss your concerns with you and help you decide on the most appropriate course of action.

Referrals are also taken from other service providers such as General Practitioners, Paediatricians, School Welfare Coordinators or Community Welfare Services, with family or carer consent in written or verbal form. It is important that most young people are actively engaged in the referral process and will have contact with an ACCESS Clinician wherever possible.


2018 Community Seminars

CYMHS Community Seminars for Professionals interested in mental health. Click here for email inquiries. 

Community Education Seminars for 2018 – timetable for the year. Check the list of topics for your professional development.

Check individual topic flyers for more details below:

  1. Methamphetamine & Synthetic Cannabis – Friday 23 February 2018
  2. Behavioural Disorders – Thursday 22 March 2018
  3. Early Learning Mental Health – ELMH – Thursday 19 April 2018
  4. TBA – Thursday 24 May 2018
  5. School Refusal – Thursday 21 June 2018
  6. Relational Disturbance – Thursday 26 July 2018
  7. Self harm – Thursday 23 August 2018
  8. Ways to support parents – Thursday 13 September 2018
  9. Communication Issues – Thursday 25 October 2018
  10. Youth Justice – Thursday 22 November 2018

Registration Form for Community Seminars 2017 - use to apply for any of our seminars 

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Registration form for YMHFA 2018

YMHFA Outline Details

For all inquiries and after hours service

Please call 1300 721 927 (Press Option 2)