Mental Health


Pandemic Recovery Mental Health Services

Pandemic Recovery Mental Health Services

Description of Services

KYDSProviding short term one to one psychological services for young people experiencing mild to moderate mental illness delivered by psychologists and other eligible mental health professionals to underserviced groups, including children under 12 and young people aged 12 to 19. This includes provision of family support and therapy.  

BrellahProviding short term general adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry services for underserviced groups, for people experiencing severe and complex mental illness.  Please see note below.

These mental health services are made possible through funding from the NSW Government.

Brellah Psychiatry Service

Brellah Psychiatry Service was commissioned through the Pandemic Funding Initiative and commenced providing services on behalf of Sydney North Health Network in July 2022.

The service will cease to accept new referrals as of 31st December 2023. Due to Mental Health Triage being closed for the holiday period, please forward any referrals to Triage by 21st December 2023 for processing.

The service will continue to provide support to any individuals already engaged with the service up to the number of sessions allocated on the referral.

Sydney North Health Network will be looking for further opportunities to provide psychiatry services to the local community.

In the meantime, General Practitioners can utilise the GP Psychiatry Support Line (available Monday to Friday except public holidays, 7am to 7pm AEST) for assistance with patient treatment planning. This service is accessible to Australian based GPs. To use this free service, please register here or call 1800 16 17 18. Please note: this is not a referral service.

Alternatively, psychiatry services can be searched for at The Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists ‘Your Health in Mind’ find a psychiatrist search engine: Find a psychiatrist | Your Health in Mind


Psychological Therapies are available to people who live, work or go to school in the Northern Sydney Health Network region. To access these services, people must be from an underserviced group: 

  • Children (0-11 years old) 
  • Young people (12-25 years old) 
  • Women experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety 
  • People from a CALD background 
  • People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander 
  • People experiencing financial hardship 
  • People who are homeless or at risk of homelessness 
  • People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex 
  • Elderly people 
  • People with a mental illness who have a co-morbid intellectual disability 
  • People unable to access MBS-funded Better Access psychological services 

KYDS – Children and young people aged between 12-19 years of age with an onset of mild to moderate mental illness. All clients referred into the service must also have a mental health care plan obtained by a GP.  

Brellah – Child and adolescent aged between 12-25 years of age and adults experiencing severe and complex mental illness. All clients referred into the service must also have a mental health care plan obtained by a GP. 

Access the services

A GP referral is required to access these services. A completed Mental Health Treatment Plan must be included with referral. 

To refer a client, please call the Mental Health Triage on 1300 782 391 or send a completed Referral Form via secure fax on 028072 6899.