“Talking to KYDS about my fears during COVID-19 lock down
really helped me get through a tough time.”
“Keeping everything to myself was just so hard and exhausting.
Contacting KYDS was a really big turning point.”
“I had no idea what to do, or where to turn. Then a friend mentioned
KYDS and I’m so glad they did. Their support changed everything.”
“If you want to speak with someone who listens, rather than
judges, speak with KYDS. My only regret is I didn’t do it sooner.”
NEED SOME HELP?
We provide barrier-free, easily accessed counselling, provided by approachable, non-judgmental professionals. No formal referrals from doctors or school staff are needed to see us.
We are a free service and we will work with you for as long as you need.
We’re here to help you with anything!
Things like… your relationships, school, work, family and friends, as well as mental health difficulties – such as depression, anxiety and trauma.
No problem is too big or too small, talking helps,
we are here for you.
ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING FAMILY CONNECTION, COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING
Parents and carers can often play a big role in supporting young people
through life’s challenges. Our professional counsellors are able to offer
guidance and strategies to help families create stronger support
structures at home.
If someone you know is struggling to cope or having a difficult time, please get in touch for a confidential discussion…
AWARD WINNING WORKSHOPS
As specialists working on the front line of adolescent mental health and wellness, KYDS has a range of early intervention workshops and information sessions ideally suited for schools and their students. Topical and non-judgemental, these sessions bring a preventative approach to many of the issues we see presenting in our counselling centres.
To enquire about a workshop for students at your school or in your community group, please call or email us today.
HELPING KYDS TO HELP KIDS
As a registered charity, we’re hugely grateful to the individuals, community groups, businesses, trusts and foundations whose donations make it possible for us to help young people in need.
If you’d like to join them, thank you.
For more information on how to support KYDS, please get in touch.
Any issue. Any time. If you’re ready to talk about it, we’re ready to help.
People of all ages everywhere struggle with stress. But the rapid pace of life, and its many pressures are particularly hard on young people who are just starting to find their way.
In 2003, Lindfield Rotary became aware that an increasing number of young people in Ku-ring-gai were struggling with mental health issues, including the stigma associated with it. Sadly, there weren’t any local services available to help these young people.
Lindfield Rotary raised the funds and partnered with Ku-ring-gai Council to establish KYDS – a free, local, and confidential counselling service for children and young people. On 31 March 2005 KYDS opened its doors with one counsellor, who operated at the library in Lindfield. KYDS supported 36 young people in its first year.
Over the following 15 years, many other parts of the community also provided support to KYDS allowing it to grow and meet increasing demand.
Today, a team of 18 passionate and qualified mental health professionals support young people to work through their challenges and to help them to achieve their potential. Over the past year, we provided 5462 counselling sessions to more than 400 young people.
KYDS help young people understand, and manage, difficult issues in their lives. We do this by providing easily accessed, personalised counselling and mental health support services, family counselling, and early intervention wellbeing workshops and information events.
We ensure issues such as grief, loss, family breakups, friendship problems, school and study stress, addictions, risky behaviour, anger, bullying, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use, body image concerns, mental health concerns, self-harm and suicidal thoughts do not overwhelm young people.