JIMMY’S Youth Wellbeing Sanctuary, which is nearing graduation in Rosebud, is based on the concept of “physiological architecture” where peace and quiet evoke “positive emotional responses” in its clients.
A central courtyard and a view of the bay at the Point Nepean Road location calm down, while the wooden deck that meanders to the front door and the internal garden creates a feeling of wellbeing and openness.
Jimmy’s Foundation is a registered charity that was created through the determination of Sarah Darling, whose 33-year-old son Jimmy passed away in 2014. It is administered and promoted by the YMCA Peninsula Youth Services, which have supported and mentored young people for 10 years.
The foundation’s mission is to “support marginalized, decoupled and disadvantaged young people by providing them with a safe place where they can come into contact with trained, qualified staff and volunteers / mentors and other young people”.
The services will run on the four “pillars of wellbeing” looking for ways to support customers physically and emotionally, e.g. For example, what they eat, how to relax, perhaps through yoga and exercise, and “fire up the brain” to develop a curiosity about the world they live in and their own passions.
Jeanette Horsley, YMCA peninsula youth minister, said Jimmy’s mid-May opening was “perfect timing given the results of the Royal Mental Health Commission a few weeks ago.”
“One of the key findings of the royal commission was the reliance on drug outcomes,” she said. “At Jimmy, we look at identifying signs and symptoms early.
“We pursue a holistic and complementary approach to improving mental and emotional well-being [of] young people through prevention and intervention strategies and treatments.
“As the industry seeks to reform its approach to mental illness, we offer alternative support and skills for lifelong wellbeing.”
Ms. Horsley said there was a three month waiting list to see a clinician or practitioner through the headspace. “The visiting practitioner program provides access to treatments and professionals that are not covered by the public health system, which can be prohibitive for many,” she said.
“Philanthropic funds and donations enable us to offer young people up to the age of 25 and their supportive adults a weekly program at significantly reduced treatment costs.”
Jimmy’s will hold workshops on the wellbeing of teenagers and their parents. It will offer mental health first aid courses and skills development through the social enterprise Cafe Jimmy’s Kitchen.
Personal development programs include alternative and holistic mental health and physical wellbeing practices and treatments, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, youth camps, youth retreats, and weekly youth programs.
The center will be available to all young people “who are challenged by their teenage years, life circumstances or the desire to find a place where they can simply be themselves”.
Customers can be recommended by YMCA Peninsula Youth Services, schools, youth and family aid agencies, families and friends.
First published in the Southern Peninsula News – April 27, 2021
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