Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) is a community group whose purpose is to ensure the best possible independent youth health & wellbeing service is established to satisfy the needs of all young people who are at risk in Port Stephens.
COPSY is a registered charity that was established to evaluate possible services, advocate, facilitate and support an effective, sustainable and free counselling service for youth in Port Stephens. It is not affiliated to any religious or other organisation.
COPSY is initially targeting Tomaree High School, Alesco Senior College and St Philips Christian College but is also setting its sites on the youth who are no longer at school.
March 2019, saw COPSY formally launch jupiter; its free counselling service for Port Stephens youth aged 12 – 18 years at the Tomaree Library & Community Centre.
The service creates “A New Space To Talk”. Our highly qualified counsellors and psychologists, will work alongside young people to build skills to manage issues such as grief, loss, anger, self esteem, body image concerns, exam stress, anxiety, depression, self harm and suicidal thoughts.
COPSY, through our counselling arm, jupiter, will help our youth understand and manage difficult issues in their lives.
We do this by providing personalised counselling and early intervention health and well-being workshops.
We are focused on supporting young people to manage challenges in the long term, we will not be a crisis centre.
The formal launch for our new service was on 20th March 2019.