A year ago, Nathan was living on the streets and facing court proceedings. He found help through Jobs Victoria Partners CVGT Australia and Banksia Gardens Community Services and their Second Chance Program. He now has a job, a home, and a powerful message of hope.
Like many young Victorians, Rohan MacDonald was having trouble finding a stable job after leaving school. He was feeling the stress of financial pressure and lack of routine. Once he connected with Jobs Victoria Partner Orygen, Rohan got the help and emotional support he needed to find ongoing work at Subway in Melbourne. Rohan is enjoying the social aspects of the job as well as the financial security it brings. He wants other young Victorians to know that there is support there for you if you need it.
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world's leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people. Orygen has developed a vocational recovery program in their Glenroy and Sunshine headspace centres to support young people with an experience of mental ill-health into employment. Vocational specialists and youth peer workers assist young people attending headspace to find and maintain competitive employment, working collaboratively with the counseling team to ensure young people are well supported as they start and continue in employment.