For patients

An admission to USpace is voluntary and requires a written referral from your GP or psychiatrist, specifying a mental health disorder such as an Anxiety, Mood and/or Psychotic Disorder. You may be admitted to the inpatient unit or to a day program service. Often you’ll have an inpatient admission and then engage in a day program service after discharge.

As we’re a private health service, health insurance and/or an ability to pay is required.

Once admitted to the inpatient unit, you’ll have your own room with an en-suite, king single bed, a day bed and space for personal belongings. The environment is designed to ensure your comfort, security and privacy. At any one time there are up to 20 young people in the unit and the average length of stay can be up to three weeks.

Our Day Program Services offer a transition program for those leaving the inpatient setting, as well as specific programs for a range of other issues. On average eight participants engage in each group program. 

A young person’s experience of mental illness often occurs during a very demanding developmental stage, and at times, in stressful social circumstances. Given the unique psychological and social complexities that can pervade the lives of young adults, our service, unlike child and adolescent and/or adult mental health services, is especially experienced in working with young adults to understand and navigate their experiences.

In both the inpatient unit and Day Program Services we support young adults experiencing thoughts and emotions associated with a sense of worthlessness, suicide and paranoia, as well as reactions to stressful life events and trauma. Amongst young people it’s not unusual to see early or emerging mood and/or psychotic disorders. We believe it’s vital to intervene early. Our process of diagnosing and treating mental health disorders is comprehensive, person-centred and focused on ensuring young people can continue to engage with friends and family and continue with educational and employment opportunities.

In short, you’ll be cared for by clinicians sensitive to your needs and be among other young people who share similar experiences. 

The process of choosing if and where to get help for your mental health concerns can be difficult. Please feel welcome to call us and to talk to your parents, partners and any professionals involved in your care. Check out this website to find out what our unit looks like and see some of the people who work here. Always keep in mind that we’re a voluntary unit, so no one can make you use our services. Know that we’ll talk to you about how we work, the importance of confidentiality and how you’re involved in treatment decisions.  You might like to read our Ways of Working Together document and check out the group programs to get a sense of our therapeutic community. 

Ways of working together (PDF 262.7KB)