Reach Out And Relax (ROAR)

Improving mental health in young people

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Working with children and young people and their families to improve their emotional health and wellbeing

ROAR provides early intervention to achieve the following outcomes:
  • Children and young people have improved emotional health and wellbeing;
  • Children and young people can better manage the different aspects of their lives;
  • Families and carers are helped to support their children and young people; and
  • Communities have a better understanding of, and response to, mental health issues that affect children and young people.
ROAR provides flexible, responsive options and participants can expect services to offer the support outlined below:
  • Long-term, early intervention support for children, young people and their families, which may include identification of needs; linking with other relevant services, advocacy and targeted therapeutic groups;
  • Short-term assistance for families which may include identification of needs, information or referrals, and limited support; and
  • Community outreach, mental health education and community development activities which may include organisation of and participation in community events and general group work in the community.
Is there a cost?

ROAR is completely free and confidential.

Where is it available?

ROAR is available in the Balranald, Berrigan, Carrathool, Coolamon,  Edward River, Federation, Griffith, Gundagai, Hay, Junee, Leeton, Lockhart, Murray River, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera, Temora, Wagga Wagga and Wentworth local government areas.

If you live outside of these areas, phone us and we can find the right supports for you.

How do I get support from ROAR?

The following can refer to the ROAR program:

  • youth – able to self-refer
  • a parent or carer
  • a friend or family member
  • a teacher, youth/family worker or other professional who is working with the child/young person

You can self-refer to the program or refer someone else.

Simply contact the ROAR team on 1300 488 226 or fill in our

online referral form

Please note: ROAR is not a crisis service, if you have immediate concerns for your own or someone else’s safety please contact Lifeline Ph: 13 11 14, Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800, Emergency Services Ph: 000, or NSW Mental Health Line Ph: 1800 011 511.