DBTeen: Mental wellbeing skills groups for young people and families

A WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) funded trial program delivered by Lifeline WA in the Primary Care environment.

Are you struggling with distressing feelings and thoughts?

Do you struggle with mood swings?

Is managing your anger a problem, causing conflict with peers and/or family members?  

Do you have feelings of emptiness or a limited sense of identity? 

Are you behaving in frequent impulsive or self-destructive ways?

Do you want to learn a range of skillsets with which to better manage your emotions, behaviours and relationships?

Lifeline WA is offering 12-week DBTeen skills groups which will cover the following key components: 

  1. Mindfulness skills:  staying focused on the present moment without having to react.

  2. Distress tolerance skills:  coping with distressing situations and painful emotions without making things worse.

  3. Walking the Middle Path skills:  balancing ways of thinking and behaving to improve flexibility in responding to common family dilemmas.  

  4. Emotion regulation skills:  developing skills to use when faced with intense and painful emotions.

  5. Interpersonal effectiveness skills:  communicating your needs and wants, improving relationships, and building self-respect in relationships.

Who Can Attend?

Young people aged 14-18 who are experiencing difficulties managing their emotions and behaviours are eligible for this program. Unfortunately, young people who are already receiving tertiary psychiatric/mental health services are not eligible. For more information on eligibility, refer to the DBTeen Referral Brochure here.


There is no charge. DBTeen is fully funded by the West Australian Primary Health Alliance. 

More information:

A referral form will need to be completed by either:  you, your parent or guardian or carer, your GP, your mental health provider or your school psychologist.

Download the Referral Brochure and Referral Form here or get in touch at DBTeen@lifeline.wa.org.au

DBTeen Program Trial Locations and Dates

Groups will take place concurrently in four districts: Rockingham, Gosnells, Wanneroo and Ellenbrook, and are facilitated by skilled and experienced DBT therapists. They are due to commence in the week beginning 29 April 2019 and to conclude in the week beginning 15 July 2019

Prior to group commencement, teens and their carers will attend an assessment and an induction session to familiarise themselves with DBT basics. It is anticipated that the induction sessions will take place early in April.

Program Locations and days of the week are outlined in the table below:

Location Address Day Group Times
Gosnells, Mills Park
Lesser Hall
Brixton St,
Beckenham WA 6107
Wednesday 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Rockingham, Murdoch
University Campus
Dixon Rd,
Rockingham WA 6168
Thursday 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Ellenbrook Library,
Upstairs Meeting Room
90 Main St,
Ellenbrook WA 6069
Monday 4.30pm – 7.30pm
Wanneroo Recreation Centre 275 Scenic Dr, Wanneroo WA 6065 Wednesday 4.30pm – 7.30pm


Other Support Services

  •  eheadspace

    Online and telephone counselling for young adults (12-25 year olds)
    1800 650 890

  •  Kids Helpline

    24 hour support for kids and young people via telephone, email or webchat.
    1800 55 1800

  •  Mensline Australia

    Telephone and online support and information service for Australian men with family and relationship concerns.
    1300 78 99 78

  •  Suicide Call Back Service

    Suicide Call Back Service provides free phone, video & online counselling for anyone affected by suicide.
    1300 659 467

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