Children’s mental health services

The Cusp program provides early intervention mental health support for children and young people

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The Cusp program is a child/young people focused, family centred and strengths-based program that aims to improve mental health outcomes for vulnerable children and young people aged 5 to 18.

It’s estimated that one in four children have a mental health condition. Without the right support, this can impact their learning, development, relationships and success throughout their life. By supporting your child to develop strategies for managing challenging and stressful situations, Cusp can help them build lifelong resiliency.

The best time to act is now

Half of all mental health challenges begin before the age of fourteen. That makes early intervention during childhood critical in helping your child navigate their emotions and develop stress management strategies.

Through the Cusp program, a Wanslea worker will help you and your child develop a Family Action Plan. We will support them in setting personal goals, building upon their existing strengths and motivations, and devising new strategies to manage challenges and reduce their vulnerabilities. This work will be done in partnership with a parent, guardian or significant supportive adult in a safe and secure environment.

Who can apply for Cusp?

Cusp is available to residents of the City of Gosnells, City of Armadale or City of Wanneroo, who are aged between 5 and 18 and vulnerable to or experiencing the early stages of a mental health condition. Participation in Cusp is voluntary, and both the child and their parent or guardian must be willing to work in partnership with Wanslea. The child or young person cannot be under a current protection order (time-limited or until 18 years) held by the Department of Communities.

Coen’s story

Coen* was unsettled and moody. He wasn’t coping well with his parent’s separation and his mother’s mental health. When he and his mother met Lucy from Wanslea, things started to change. Lucy taught Coen how to manage his feelings and gave him strategies to handle new or challenging situations. She gave Coen and his mum new resources to help both of them. They appreciated that she was always flexible about when and where they met because it meant Coen’s mum didn’t have to change her work hours. They hadn’t had that kind of support from a service before. Coen was sad when his sessions came to an end. He was grateful to have spoken to Lucy, and it felt good to have someone who was there for him, whom he trusted.

*Name changed

How to access support

1. Contact us

If you have any questions about Cusp, please contact us. If you are seeking support for yourself and are aged over 10, you can complete the Expression of Interest form and we will be in touch with you.

2. Complete a referral

Once you are ready to apply, please complete a referral form. Parents, agencies or schools can refer a child or young person, or they can self-refer.

3. We’ll be in touch

Once we’ve received and reviewed your referral, we’ll be in touch to provide more information about the program and to arrange a meeting. 

Testimonials
“I lost my Dad and [my daughter] wasn’t coping very well. Since then she’s coped a lot better. She felt special, like someone was actually listening to her needs and wants, which I try to do but sharing my time with the three kids, I can’t always do it.”
Cusp parent
social work placement
“My kid didn’t want to go to school because we lost our baby so he was very sad and grieving and didn’t want to leave me, he was too clingy and was not feeling safe. I reached out to many places but could not get any help in time. When I called Wanslea even though there was a ten week waiting period they reached out before that time. I was very happy they could come to see me at home. I think it has helped him, he is more confident and is happy to be away from me for a while and is not that scared to go to school now.”
Cusp parent
social work placement

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For enquiries or questions about the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) program, please contact us on 1300 969 645 or email ndis@wanslea.org.au.

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