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Myndset – Information for referring organisations

Below is information about the Thompson Institute’s Myndset youth mental health program, for medical professionals, clinicians, and referring organisations.

The Myndset program is a free service for young people who are beginning to experience moderate to severe mental health concerns.



Young people must meet all the following criteria:




Clarifying notes:

1: Clinical staging model – see table on next page

2: Functional decline:

3: Acute risk of harm

Clinical Stage



Stage 0

Non-help-seeking asymptomatic individuals with risk factors that increase the risk of mental illness

A range of factors that increase the risk of mental illness, including but not limited to family history of mental illness, childhood abuse, developmental disorder, perinatal trauma, childhood onset anxiety, and affective disorders

Stage 1a

Help-seeking individuals with presenting symptoms that are distressing but are not specific to one disorder, are of low to moderate severity, and have limited impact on functioning

Nonspecific anxiety or depressive symptoms of mild to moderate severity typically among help-seeking individuals, with mild functional impacts

Stage 1b

Individuals with attenuated syndromes of severe mental disorders, with moderate to severe functional effects

Development of attenuated syndromes of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or psychosis or syndromes with mixed features. Diagnosis is often unclear, and where it is, comorbidity is common. Social, education, and employment functioning is often moderately to severely impaired.

Stage 2

Individuals with discrete first-episode syndromes with major functional effects

Clear-cut, first-episode psychotic, severe depressive or mixed syndromes, with severe symptoms and major social, educational, and employment effects

Stage 3

Individuals with recurrent or persistent syndromes with ongoing severe functional effects

Syndrome has not remitted after 12 months, or there has been a recurrence of a previous stage 2 illness

Stage 4

Individuals with syndromes that are severe, persistent, and unremitting

Syndrome persists for more than 2 years in spite of provision of a range of specialised interventions


TILE 2: Referral to the program

Referrals to the program are via Head to Health, headspace centres and Queensland Hospital and Health Services.

GPs can refer patients by completing the PHN referral form for ‘PHN Mental Health Intake Stepped Care Services’ and send it to Head to Health via fax or Medical Objects.

For more information, email us at or call 07 5430 1191.