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Child and Youth Mental Health Service

Child and Youth Mental Health Service

The Darling Downs Child and Youth Mental Health Service (Darling Downs CYMHS) offers a free and confidential service specialising in the assessment and treatment of children and young people (0 to 18 years of age) who are experiencing, or at risk of developing, severe and complex emotional, behavioural or mental health problems.

Some mental health disorders and problems that we target include:

  • depression and other disorders of mood regulation
  • anxiety disorders
  • non-accidental self-injury (self harm)
  • suicidality
  • early psychosis and psychotic disorders
  • eating disorders
  • trauma-related problems
  • serious disturbances of attachment and carer-child relationships
  • complex developmental and behavioural disorders
  • emerging personality disturbances

The Child and Youth Mental Health Service within the Darling Downs region has four Community CYMHS teams based in the South Burnett region, Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Western Downs.

These Community CYMHS teams are multi-disciplinary, and consist of child psychiatrists and mental health professionals.  They offer a range of services tailored to the needs of the young person, their families and carers, including crisis intervention, inpatient support, mental health assessment, individual therapy, family intervention, group work, interagency consultation, and referral to other agencies.

All Community CYMHS teams are open from Monday to Friday – 8.30am to 4.30pm (excl. public holidays).

More information can be found in the Child and Youth Mental Health Service  Framework Book (PDF, 4MB)

How to contact your Community CYMHS

Referrals can be made by doctors, schools, health professionals, carers and families, and young people themselves.

To make a referral or to enquire about the service, please contact a Community CYMHS team.

Referral may be made via phone or utilising the CYMHS Referral Form which is to be emailed or faxed to your respective CYMHS team.

Please note, if the young person is at immediate risk of injury to themselves or others, please call your local intake on the numbers provided or emergency services on 000.

Please see below for contact information or for a CYMHS team in your area.

South Burnett region CYMHS

Based at Kingaroy.


Outreaches to other areas including Murgon, Wondai, Nanango, Yarraman, Blackbutt, Cherbourg and surrounding areas.


Phone: (07) 41629254

Fax: (07) 471629395

Email: SBMHAODS@health.qld.gov.au

Address: Kingaroy Hospital, 166 Youngman Street, Kingaroy, 4610

Southern Downs CYMHS

Based at Warwick and Goondiwindi.

Outreaches to other areas including Stanthorpe, Inglewood, Clifton, Killarney, and Allora.


Phone: (07) 4660 3901

Fax:  (07) 4660 3727

Email: SD_CYMHS@health.qld.gov.au

Address: Locke Street Specialist Centre, 56 Locke Street, Warwick, 4370

Toowoomba CYMHS

Based at Toowoomba.

Outreaches to other areas including Oakey, Crows Nest, Pittsworth, Millmerran

Phone: (07) 4616 6843

Fax: (07) 4616 5399

Email: Toowoomba_CYMHS@health.qld.gov.au

Address: Unara Health Village, Toowoomba Hospital, Pechey Street, Toowoomba, 4350

Schools

To assist schools with referrals for students in the Toowoomba region please see our Toowoomba CYMHS School Referral Decision Flowchart.

Western Downs CYMHS

Based at Dalby and Chinchilla.

Outreaches to Tara, Jandowae, Miles, Taroom, Wandoan and surrounding areas

Phone: (07) 4669 0501

Fax:  (07) 4669 0794

Email: WDMH@health.qld.gov.au

Address: Dalby Hospital, Hospital Road, Dalby, 4405

Other teams within the CYMHS

Other teams within the Darling Downs CYMHS include:

  • Assertive Mobile Youth Outreach Service
  • Evolve Therapeutic Services (referrals from the Department of Child Safety only)
  • Yannanda Adolescent Inpatient Unit
  • Yannanda Adolescent Day Program

These teams have a CYMHS referral pathway. If you would like more information please contact your local CYMHS.

Courses, groups and other services offered by CYMHS

Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI)

COPMI is a national initiative that aims to support families living with mental illness, and improve the outcomes for children in those families. There are 2 COPMI groups that are run: Kids Club for primary-school-aged children and the Koping Adolescent Group for high-school-aged children.

These groups aim to improve young people’s resilience by building on a number of life skills, including: developing an understanding of mental illness, coping skills, self-care, time-management, and seeking help.  The group gives participants the chance to connect with other young people with similar experiences.

Circle of Security

A relationship-based early intervention program to enhance attachment security between parents and children.

Parent and Carer Skills Based Training for Eating Disorders

This group delivers parent / carer skills based training for families affected by eating disorders. This group is for families who have a loved one with this illness, with learning topics including understand more about eating disorders, helpful communication skills, developing positive coping strategies and fostering a healthier relationship with your loved one.

Please note that these groups are not run at all times, or by all CYMHS teams. Please contact your local CYMHS for details regarding group options.

Indigenous Mental Health Support

The Indigenous Mental Health Worker delivers culturally sensitive and accessible services for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander consumers of Yannanda Adolescent Unit, Day Program, CCYMHS & EVOLVE. This role provides advocacy, support and education to improve the mental health journey for Indigenous consumers and communities.

Learning Support Groups for Foster carers and Education for Professionals

In addition to providing specialist trauma-informed mental health intervention to children/young people (both individual and systemic), Evolve Therapeutic Services (ETS) also have a wider focus on as psycho-education and skill development. Specifically, ETS teams provide education and learning support groups for foster-parents and other carers, and education for professionals from key government and non government agencies on the specific and complex needs of children and young people in out-of-home care.

Please contact ETS Toowoomba for information regarding professional development and training on: 07 4616 5365.

Ed LinQ

The Ed-LinQ program works with schools and service providers to support the early detection and collaborative care of children and young people at risk of – or experiencing – mental health problems or mental illness.

The Ed-LinQ Coordinators offer support to all schools and service providers working with children and young people. The Ed-LinQ Coordinators provide schools and services early access to mental health advice and support, access to resources, and information on available supports and referral pathways. The Ed-LinQ Coordinators also provide education and training to increase the knowledge, skills and understanding of stakeholders regarding mental health problems and mental illness in children and young people, and collaborate with other organisations on projects aimed at mental health promotion, prevention and early identification for children and young people.

Darling Downs Health has two Ed-LinQ Coordinators:

  • Toowoomba and Southern Downs : (07) 46165758
  • South Burnett and Western Downs : (07) 41629395

Please call for further information or to access the Ed-LinQ program.

IN AN EMERGENCY

Call 000 for the Queensland Ambulance or Police Service

Attend the Accident and Emergency Department of your nearest hospital

1300 MH CALL (1300 642 255) for your local Hospital Acute Care Team (outside business hours)

Local services that may be able to help

Darling Downs

Toowoomba

South Burnett

Southern Downs

Western Downs

Other Resources

Last updated: 7 August 2019