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Clinics & services

Child & youth mental health

Youth brief intervention service

We provide short-term support to young people who are experiencing a lot of psychological or emotional distress.

About us

The Youth Brief Intervention Service (YIBS) can support you if:

  • You're between 12 and 24 years of age
  • You're experiencing a lot of distress
  • You may be in crisis
  • You don't have a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder
  • You are supported by an agency such as Youth Support & Advocacy Service (YSAS), Child Protection or Youth Justice
  • You live in Banyule, Boroondara, Yarra, Darebin, Nillumbik or Whittlesea

You'll be referred to us by the agency that supports you. We'll work together with you and the agency to understand the things that are contributing to your distress, and give you some strategies on how to deal with them.

YIBS is part of the Adolescent Intensive Management team.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • A brief intervention (for up to 2 weeks) with up to 3 sessions with you and/or the agency supporting you
  • Help with a specific problem (or a small number of specific problems) causing you distress, with a focus on working with you to come up with solutions to reduce your distress
  • A summary with our understanding of the important issues and a plan of action


For clients

You can refer yourself or someone that you're concerned about to our mental health services.

Call our mental health triage service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for information, assessment and referral.

Phone: 1300 859 789 

For health professionals

Contact CYMHS Community Service on 03 9496 3620

Contact us

Youth Brief Intervention Service

Phone: 03 9496 3620


We are based in the Marion Drummond Building, but most of our work is outreach (we come to you).

Child & Youth Mental Health Service
Marion Drummond Building
Austin Hospital
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg VIC

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Postal address

Youth Brief Intervention Service
Austin Hospital
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg VIC 3084