This is a great question, I've got a couple of services in mind that could be worth looking into (apologies if you've already accessed them and not found them helpful - please let me know and we can keep looking together)
The first is Orygen. They are a youth specific mental health service that provide a number of different services and programs including group programs and activities. They also have supports for families and carers that could be helpful if you wanted any support for yourself - you deserve to be supported too
Another service that could be good to look into is Connect Health & Community. They have a social work support service for young people that run projects and activities that your daughter might want to get involved in, as well as counselling and case-management.
Some headspace centres also run support groups/programs for young people, so it could be an idea to contact your local headspace as well.
And lastly, if your daughter is looking to connect with other young people who might be experiencing similar issues, she is welcome to join our online Youth Forum. The forum is for young people aged 14 - 25, is moderated from 9am-11pm and is completely anonymous.
I hope some of this info is helpful, let us know how you go.
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Hello @mugs1170 sorry its taken so long to get back.....Life has bee very hectic Our family felt so lost when my daughter was first discharged. We had no idea what was right or wrong and how much supervision was required. We kept cabinets locked, and we installed cameras throughout the home. alarms on the doors in case she tried to sneak out and locks o the windows, For about 2 months she was always supervised. although she was allowed some alone time in her room- just no locked doors. I remember the times we went through this exhausting and hellish. Therapy of some sort about 5 days per week. She also went into a day program for a month where she learned some cognitive behavior tips. I basically had to work only part time to help get her to all her appointments and still bring her to work with e on other days. And school turned into home schooling. we put a tracker on her phone too. Everything we went through was trial and error. So I'm just offering a few things that might help. The cameras I must say were a big comfort to me. I know you are currently going through the most exhausting all consuming challenge of your life. I never imagined it would happen to us either. But there were times in the throws of everything that I couldn't imagine her getting well. But it does happen....it really does recovery happens. Just not as fast as we would like. Hugs
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If you don't mind me asking, what do you mean when you say your daughter is showing suicidal tendencies. Is she self-harming? Or having thoughts of suicide?
You mentioned money is a bit tight at the moment so I wanted to make you aware of free counselling services that may be suitable for your daughter. We have an "urgent help" page here on our Youth forum. All of these services operate 24/7 and provide free counselling to Australians. I'd encourage you to encourage your daughter to make contact with one of these services if she's feeling quite distressed.
You mentioned having mental health issues yourself so it's important that you're also seeking the right support. The services I linked for your daughter are also suitable for you. The helpline ParentLine is also a good option as they provide free and confidential counselling and support on any parenting issues. The number for Parentline differs per state. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see which number to call if you're interested.
Some universities also offer low-cost counselling options, so it might be worth checking our some of the universities in your area. It might also be an idea to search for bulk-billing psychologists in your area, that way you can get 10 free sessions for the year (You'll need to book in with your GP to get a mental health care plan to access those 10 free sessions though). If you're interested in this option, it might be a good idea to start by seeing whether there's a Headspace Centre near you as I believe they specialize in youth mental health and a bulk-bill. Check out their website for more information here.
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