COPSY to launch their free counselling service for young people in Port Stephens

Jewell Drury and Geoff Basser are members of the COPSY team who are passionate about helping the youth of Port Stephens.
Jewell Drury and Geoff Basser are members of the COPSY team who are passionate about helping the youth of Port Stephens.


AFTER four years of dedication, Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth, a registered charity better know as COPSY has finally become a reality in Port Stephens.

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COPSY is determined to bring down the walls of the stigma that exists against mental health and to help young people understand and manage the difficult issues in their lives.

In March this year COPSY will launch their counselling service, “A Space to Talk”.

This service will be free and available for the youth of Port Stephens between 12- 18 years.

A Space to Talk will initially be located in the Tomaree Library and Community Centre with a view to expand to Medowie and Raymond Terrace this year.

Public Relations Officer, Jewell Drury told News Of The Area, “Counselling can cost around $120 per visit, with the majority of services being in Newcastle or Maitland. This prevents most of our youth receiving the help they so desperately need, with the cost to the parent becoming yet another pressure for families.”

“There is a stigma around depression, anxiety and seeing a counsellor. We would like to change that. One of the main things we want the youth to know is that you are not broken if you are depressed,” said Ms Drury.

COPSY aims to ensure reduce the overwhelming nature of issues such as, grief, family break ups, relationships, school and study stress, addictions, anger, bullying, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, body image and mental health concerns.

The new service will also provide School and Community Settings programs covering intervention and prevention, workshops and seminars addressing youth mental health and wellbeing issues.

COPSY Founder, Geoffrey Basser said, “In order to obtain a free service, we need the help and support of corporate sponsors, businesses, clubs and individuals.”

“We will run solely on donations, sponsorships and grants from our supporters and we need you to come on board with us,” said Mr Basser.

For more information about COPSY services or to make a donation simply call 0490 716 265.


By Kelly MAY

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