I'm a Parent

If your son or daughter is aged between 14 and 20 and going through a tough time we may be able to help. We asked a parent to explain how the program has helped them and their child.

To refer you child call (02) 9659 6122.

Read what other parents have to say.

Click here for more information on the weekend workshops.

Click here for more information on the support groups and ongoing care.

Can we Help your Child?

We recognise that young people often have multiple problems and diverse needs. Therefore we take a holistic approach dealing with a wide range of issues. These include:

  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Trust and Confidence
  • Parent & Adolescent Relationship Issues
  • Family Conflict, Dysfunction & Separation
  • Neglect
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse & Addiction
  • Sexual, Physical & Emotional Abuse
  • Grief & Loss
  • Self-Harm & Suicidal Ideation
  • Bullying
  • Sexuality

The program at its core has a focus on strengths and well-being. This means any young person no matter what their background can attend the program to increase their self-awareness, self-worth or simply help others. In fact, we find that the crossing of experiences is a valuable learning tool for all participants.

Youth Insearch does not accept young people who require detox if it is dangerous for them to go a weekend without drugs or alcohol and those in an acute stage of mental illness until they are stable.

What Parents Say

The following is a selection of feedback received from parents and the independent review body as part of independent reviews of the program commissioned by the NSW State and Federal Governments.

“Some parents spoke of the hope that they had placed in the program before[hand], others that they were initially nervous that there may in fact be negative impacts. In the end, however, all found that the positive outcomes met or exceeded their expectations”.

“Parents in particular spoke of the increase in confidence and maturity they observed in their child, as well as their child’s ability to think beyond their own issues and to see their present difficulties in better perspective."

"Parents were often pleased to see the positive influence of a new circle of friends; one also discussed the positive impact they had seen in their child after they took on a mentoring role with another young person from the [program].”

(Urbis: 2008: pg.12)

“One young person’s mother ... stated strongly that she had been impressed with the way that Youth Insearch had enabled her daughter to connect with people in a way that was not possible in their mother/daughter relationship.”

"As a parent it doesn’t matter what you do or say – you can’t help them. I’m so glad she’s got somewhere to go – be with other kids who are where she’s at – she’s not the odd one out. When she goes to the camps she feels comfortable – other people in the same boat. … [It] knocked me for six is that she is not the odd one out with mental illness … it’s very scary the number of young people in this situation."

Urbis (2003: pg.56)

“The turnaround in Henry after that first Camp was amazing, It was like someone waived a magic wand. What astonished me was that he now wanted to help other kids…it was a dramatic turnaround” - Genevieve, Gosford, NSW