Youth Support Services


headspace is Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation. headspace works to reduce the impact of mental health issues and drug and alcohol use on young people. headspace is about making a difference to the lives of young people, offering support for social and emotional wellbeing, to help people get support quickly.

The centres are governed by a number of organisations who all work in partnership to deliver a variety of services. Aftercare is the lead agency for seven centres; Capalaba, Ipswich, Meadowbrook, Nundah and Woolloongabba in QLD, and Miranda and Hurstville in NSW.

All centres offer a ‘one stop shop’ for young people aged between 12-25 who may have concerns about their physical health, mental health, or about using alcohol or other drugs.

All services are free and confidential and are intended to provide a place where young people can go to talk to someone about any of these issues.

headspace Early Psychosis

Get in early to help turn psychosis around. An episode of psychosis can be confronting. headspace Early Psychosis gives young people free and confidential support to work through their individual treatment plan.

• Located in headspace Meadowbrook and Southport, QLD
• Outreach Is also available as part of this program
• Life skills including shopping and travelling
• Creative therapy like art and music groups
• Help with work and study


Kurinda specialises in providing assistance to young people between the ages of 14-24 years who have a diagnosed mental health condition/s.

Our 24 hour facility has three levels of accommodation available, ranging from high support through to independent living, and residents are able to stay for short, medium and long terms, depending on individual needs.

Due to the limited numbers of spaces available at Kurinda, it is difficult to predict when an opening may arise. Therefore, it is best to ensure your client or loved one is on our list of interested clients so that they can be considered as soon as an opening arises. Please register your interest by completing the Initial Referral Form

The Poppy Centre (Parents Opportunity to Participate in Play with their Young)

The Poppy Centre provides a safe place and offers support and services to children aged 0 – 11 years  and their families and carers, focused on improving their mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.
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Poppy Playgroup (Parents Opportunity to Participate in Play with their Young)

POPPY is a supported playgroup for mothers with mental health issues and their children from 0 – 5 years (and not at school).The mental health issues may be diagnosed or undiagnosed and may be associated with domestic violence.
Our POPPY Playgroup (Kingsgrove, NSW)  provides a safe place for exploration of parenting concerns and enhances confidence in parenting. POPPY supports mothers to actively engage with their children and other families, and supports families to connect with services.

Take 2

Take 2 was established by Aftercare to provide an early intervention service focused specifically on the needs of children and young people within a family context. It is a no-cost Family Mental Health Support Service funded by the Department of Social Services and delivered by Aftercare.
Take 2 works in partnership with families and carers to provide a flexible support service for kids and teens living in Cairns South who are at risk of or experiencing mental health issues.
Take 2 offers long-term early intervention (6 -12 months) for participants requiring intensive support. This support could be goal setting, mentoring and practical support to help build strengths. It also offers short-term assistance, information and referral as well as community outreach, home visits and group-based activities.

Youth Residential Rehabilitation Units (YRRU)

Youth Residential Rehabilitation Units are 24 hour residential services which offer support to young people aged 16-21 who have a diagnosed mental health condition/s, or are experiencing significant mental health difficulties.
YRRU offers accommodation, as well as assistance with living skills, social skills, money management, transportation and travel training, social opportunities, regular exercise programs, liaison with clinical mental health and medical family practice support, and enrolment in various educational or vocational programs.
Our aim is to enable young adults to enhance their personal skills so that they can build and maintain their independence and emotional wellbeing, their connections with their family and friends and their relationships within the community.
YRRU have three locations: Cairns, Aspley and Greenslopes.

Contact Us

Our friendly staff are available if you have any questions about our youth support services. Get in touch with us.