The Three Tier Youth Mental Health Program (3TYMHP) is our flagship program with a unique approach to the complex issues of youth mental health and youth suicide, encompassing mental health awareness, prevention and intervention for secondary school students. The program breaks down the barriers and stigmas around mental health in our youth, promotes discussion, encourages help seeking behaviours and provides individual treatment and support to those in need.
The program was born from a response to community crisis and following on from the One Life Suicide Prevention Program (MHC), and in 2013 GP down south developed the highly successful 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program in the Peel region. Between 2013 and 2017, this program was supported via community fundraising and donations as well as One Life Suicide Prevention Small Grants fund.
Independent evaluation of the 3TYMHP in 2015 by SDF Global found “the three tier structure….is innovative compared with existing services” “objectives are closely linked to the overall goals of the program and to the literature around youth mental health and recovery”. Each of the tiers provides another level of scaffolding to support young people in their journey to wellbeing.
The State Government made a 2017 election commitment to fund the 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program in the Peel Region.
For the past three years the Mental Health Commission has funded the program collecting data to enable a full evaluation of the efficacy of the program. This funding was due to expire at the end of this month. Last week we received the excellent news that a 12-month extension to funding had been granted enabling the 3TYMHP to be delivered in 2021. Suicide continues to be a leading cause of death among teenagers and we delighted that the State Government prioritises prevention and early intervention programs such as the 3TYMHP which aims to save the lives of our young people.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.