22 June 2018

  • New East Metropolitan Youth Unit (EMyU) to provide specialist youth mental health inpatient services.
  • Housed in the old Bentley Adolescent Unit, the EMyU will commence with six beds for 16 to 17 year-olds
  • Essential site works over coming months will expand the EMyU service to 12 beds and increase the age range to 16 to 24 years

The new dedicated mental health youth unit in Bentley will be fully operational in the coming months, increasing the number of beds available for young people up to the age of 24.

The East Metropolitan Youth Unit will provide a 12-bed specialised mental health inpatient service for 16 to 24 year-olds, adding to the 14 youth be

ds at Fiona Stanley Hospital, the 20 beds at Perth Children’s Hospital for children and adolescents, and the eight youth hospital in the home beds provided by Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.

Seventy-five per cent of mental health issues emerge before the age of 25. The State Government is committed to providing the support and treatment needed by young people to recover from mental health issues in safe and suitable environments.

The East Metropolitan Youth Unit is made possible by the relocation of the Bentley Adolescent Unit to the new mental health unit at Perth Children’s Hospital

 

Comments by Bill Johnston MLA, Member for Cannington:

“Youth mental health is an important area, and I’m proud that the McGowan Government has been able to expand the number of beds available.

“This will have a positive impact on outcomes for young people in our community

Media contact: Joseph Stephens 9356 5011