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Youth Peer Support




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Youth Peer Support in Melbourne

Support for young people by peers with living/lived experience in managing and/or supporting loved ones with mental health challenges. The Youth Peer Support Program is an initiative based on the principles of early intervention for young people (from grade 5) beginning to experience life challenges.

Our youth peer support youth, offers:

  • Peer support with adult peers who have living/lived experience in managing life challenges.
  • Individual partnerships that are personalised, flexible and directed by the consumer peer’s needs.
  • Maintained connection to the community by participating in peer supported activities
What is it?
Who is it for?
The Benefits

At A Path to Follow, we understand that navigating life challenges can be overwhelming. That's why we offer our Youth Peer Support Program, a unique initiative based on the principles of early intervention and support for young individuals beginning to experience mental health challenges. Our program provides valuable peer support from adults who have lived experience in managing their own life challenges and/or supporting loved ones facing mental health challenges.

The Youth Peer Support Program at A Path to Follow is a valuable resource for young people facing mental health challenges or life difficulties. By providing peer support, personalised partnerships, community connection, and opportunities for personal growth, our program aims to empower young minds and promote their overall well-being. Through the shared experiences and understanding of our peers, we strive to create a supportive environment where young people can navigate life challenges with confidence and resilience.

The A Path To Follow Youth Peer Support Program is open to young people from the age of grade 5. We acknowledge the power of help early and as such offer this program in the last years of primary school to strengthen a young person’s journey into adolescent years. We also acknowledge that some people do not cease requiring supports as soon as they become adults and that some adults can require ongoing mental health supports. Please do still reach out if you are requiring peer support but are unsure if you meet our “youth” criteria. 

  1. Peer Support from Adult Peers: The Youth Peer Support Program offers the opportunity for young individuals to receive support from peers who have firsthand experience in managing life challenges. These adult peers (varying in ages) can provide relatable guidance, understanding, and practical strategies based on their own experiences, fostering a sense of empathy and connection.
  2. Customised and Flexible Partnerships: Our program is tailored to meet the specific needs of each young person. We understand that every individual's journey is unique, so we offer personalised partnerships that adapt to a young person’s preferences and goals. Through open communication and collaboration, we ensure that the support provided is individualised and aligns with the young person’s specific requirements.
  3. Community Connection and Peer-Supported Activities: The Youth Peer Support Program not only offers individual peer support but also facilitates opportunities for young people to connect with their community. Through peer-supported activities within the community, peers can engage in social, recreational, and educational experiences that promote personal growth, confidence-building, and a sense of belonging.
  4. Empowerment and Growth: By participating in the Youth Peer Support Program, young people gain a greater sense of empowerment and ownership over their mental health journey. They develop resilience, self-awareness, and practical skills that can help them navigate challenges and build a strong foundation for their future well-being.

Youth Peer Support Journey

Youth Peer Support Program Testimonials

Our Peer Support Workforce




Kyle comes to APTF with professional experience as a Youth Worker and lived experience of social anxiety and growing up with toxic masculinity.




Alan comes to our service as Australia’s first ambassador for the Burnt Out Chef, an English initiative for the hospitality industry.

Alan is keen to share his life experiences with all young people, especially those in or looking to join the hospitality field.




Sidney brings lived experiences in managing complex mental ill health challenges in her early life. Sidney has used dance as an effective strategy in helping her with live with her emotional challenges.



YOUTH PEER WORKER – Mt waverley 

This is Sarah and she brings living/lived experience in ADHD to her role at APTF.



YOUTH PEER WORKER – Clyde/cardinia

Sushi hopes by becoming a peer support worker, she can become that vital support system for a young person so that they are always reminded that they are never alone during their journey but most importantly, that they feel safe and noticed.



YOUTH PEER WORKER – 25KM of st kilda

Nick is our most recent Peer Support Worker who is really keen to get started.

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