Free counselling for young people in Port Stephens

The jupiter team: Karen Foster, Tracy McKander, Avril Saunders, Nicole Shields Sarah and Jan Allen.

WITH students heading back to school at the end of January, Port Stephens youth counselling service jupiter is reminding parents to check in with their children.

They are also reminding families that help is at hand if a local child or young person is experiencing a mental health issue.

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The team can help navigate the unique emotional and psychological hurdles faced by young people, offering counselling services dedicated to providing the support needed for growth and resilience for those aged between twelve and 25.

“It is jupiter’s mission to offer free, inclusive, and confidential counselling across three accessible locations in Port Stephens – Salamander, Raymond Terrace, and Tanilba Bay,” jupiter’s Avril Saunders told News Of The Area.

“Our counselling services offered are accessible to everyone, and are entirely free,” she said.

The professional counsellors are seasoned and empathetic, creating a secure and non-judgmental environment, allowing you to freely express your concerns and emotions.

Whether facing stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, or other emotional challenges, jupiter’s counsellors are there to listen, support, and guide those they help towards healing and personal growth.

In 2016 Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) initiated research by the Centre of Rural and Remote Mental Health at Newcastle University to build a clearer understanding of the mental health needs and experience of young people in Port Stephens.

The study found that Port Stephens had the highest rates of mental and behavioural problems in NSW.

Booking an appointment is simple: just call 0490 716 265 or visit


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