LIFELINE WA has opened registrations for young people in Rockingham to take part in a pilot program offering skills training for dealing with severe emotional vulnerability.

The DBTeen: mental wellbeing skills groups for young people and families program is funded by WA Primary Health Alliance to provide up to 12 Rockingham residents aged 14 to 18 with access to community-based Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

DBT is a form of therapy which combines learning acceptance while recognising the need for change.

Referrals for DBTeen are open and can be made by the young person themselves, a family member or guardian, a general practitioner, a school psychologist/counsellor or any other mental health practitioner. The pilot project will start on April 29 and run for 12 weeks.

Rockingham is one of four areas where the group sessions will be rolled out.

Lifeline WA chief executive Lorna MacGregor said the organisation was hopeful the DBTeen program would make a difference to the lives of program participants.

“Lifeline WA is committed to helping improve access to DBT-based treatment in WA,” she said.

“We know it’s important for young people who are unable to manage intense emotions to have access to effective treatment before it manifests in harmful or destructive ways.”

WA Primary Health Alliance principal adviser and research director Danny Rock said the project was being funded to pilot targeted intervention in a primary care setting.

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