New mental health unit for young Western Australians

Photograph of staff at EMyU opening
October 31, 2018

The new East Metropolitan Youth Unit (EMyU) at Bentley Hospital was officially opened today by the Minister for Health and Mental Health, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA.

The unit will further boost mental health treatment services for young Western Australians by providing an appropriate environment for care. EMyU is a purpose-built, clinically suitable and state-of-the-art facility, with specifically trained staff to support vulnerable young patients.

The unit provides specialised care for young people experiencing a mental health crisis, and is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

The EMyU has 12 beds – three of which offer secure care. It is a dedicated service for young people aged 16 to 24 years who present with complex and acute mental health issues, and provides inpatient care, treatment and assessment. The specialist mental health care will focus on early intervention, diagnostic clarification and age-specific management.

It also offers community care planning to assist young people and their families to access necessary support prior to discharge.

The multidisciplinary staff team are focused on helping youths who experience severe mental health problems including psychosis, depression, severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress, risk of self-harm or suicide and emerging personality disorder.

The EMyU will tailor its model of care to ensure the specific needs of young people are being met. 16 to 24 year-olds were recently recognised as an emerging age group requiring dedicated mental health services.