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Sleep is vital for physical and emotional well-being. It helps repair your body, keeps your heart healthy, reduces stress, improves your memory, helps control body weight, reduces your chance of diabetes and reduces the occurrence of mood disorders. Some tips for a good night’s sleep:

  • Have a relaxing bath or shower before bed
  • Try to stick to a routine, going to bed at around the same time every night, and wake up at around the same time every day
  • Exercise during the day, it may make you more tired at night
  • Avoid using technology such as computers or TV just before bed
  • Reading a book is a great alternative to watching TV
  • Avoid napping during the day, you’ll be less tired at night
  • Avoid caffeine at night, try relaxing teas such as chamomile instead
  • Don’t go to bed hungry, or needing to use the toilet        
  • Try not to smoke cigarettes just before bed         
  • Remove distractions from your bedroom, keep it quiet and dark
  • If you have a lot on your mind and it’s keeping you up, try to sort through it by writing it in a diary or calling a friend
  • If you’ve been feeling down for a while, it might be best to talk to a doctor, counsellor, friend or family.

If none of the above works and you need more help call YoDAA on 1800 458 685 for advice on what else you can do.

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YSAS provides many different services for young people including day programs, detox and rehab. Call YoDAA line for advice on which service can best support you. 
1800 458 685
You can check the services out here.

Below are a list of other Drug and Alcohol support services that can also help you out:


The service aims to improve the health and well being of people who use drugs in the western suburbs of Melbourne. 
4-12 Buckley St Footscray, VIC 3011
Ph: 9362 8100

NSP (Needle & Syringe Programs) Melbourne
95 Drummond St Carlton, VIC 3053
Ph: 9650 0699


128 Peel St North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Ph: 9329 1500


23 Lennox St, Richmond, VIC 3121
Ph: 9418 2269
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am – 6pm


A mobile needle and syringe program that operates daily in the CBD.
Operates: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 3.45pm, 4pm – 6.45pm, 7.30pm – 10.45pm
Weekends & public holidays: 12pm – 3.45pm, 7.30pm – 11.15pm
To find out where Foot Patrol are, call them on 1800 700 102 (free call).
They can arrange to meet you. 


Operating from a car in the North West of Melbourne, the Mobile Syringe Program provides clean injecting equipment, needle and syringe collection and safer using information.
Operates: Monday – Friday: 6pm – 2am, 2am – 10am
Saturday: 2pm – 8pm, 8pm – 2am (Sunday morning)
Sunday: 2am – 10am, 10am – 6pm, 6pm – 2am (Monday morning)
Call 1800 170 556 (free call) to arrange a time and place for Mobile Syringe Exchange to come to you. 
Or visit:
6 Hartington St, Glenroy, VIC 3046
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm.  


NSP available at
187-195 Langridge St Abbotsford, VIC 3175
Ph: 9415 1698

Tuesday & Wednesday 11.30am – 5.30pm
Thursday 12pm – 5.30pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm – 8pm


NSP available at
4-12 Buckley St Footscray, VIC 3011
Ph: 9362 8100
Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm


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Date Posted Apr 8, 2014

Monographs and Reports

Kutin, Jozica., Bruun, Andrew., Mitchell, Penny., Daley, Kathryn., & Best, David. 2014. Snapshot: SYNC Results: Young people in AOD services in Victoria. Summary Data and Key Findings. Youth Support + Advocacy Service: Melbourne, Australia.

The Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC) was a study aimed at identifying the needs and characteristics of 1,000 young people registered as clients of specialist youth AOD treatment services in Victoria in 20131. The study was conducted by YSAS in partnership with Turning Point and Victorian youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services.

Download snapshot here

Download full technical report here (2.6 MB)

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Moving to a new home can be both exciting and stressful.



  • Make sure that you have disconnected or taken your name off all accounts (gas, electricity, water, the lease) at your previous address. If you don’t do this you can still be charged for it. 
  • Ring each utility company (gas, water, electricity etc) and ask them about how to get connected and how much it will cost. Shop around to get the best price.
  • Make sure you give the utility company your healthcare card, so you can benefit from the winter concession.
  • Ask about Easy-Way payments, this allows you to make a fortnightly contribution to your utility account rather than paying a big bill every three months. 
  • Avoid getting a home phone, pre-paid phones are cheaper and you have complete control over how much money you spend.

To set up a house you need the basics, somewhere to put your food, something to cook your food in, somewhere to sleep, somewhere to store your clothes, stuff to keep you warm, dry you off and entertain you. 
Think of what you need to set up each room of your house

  • Kitchen: Fridge, plates, cups, cutlery, pots and pans, utensils to cook with and eat with, containers to store food, tea-towels to dry dishes. Most houses will have an oven, so you won’t need a toaster, kettle or microwave right away. 
  • Lounge Room: Couch or chair to sit on, TV and TV unit, coffee table. 
  • Bathroom: Towels, face washer and soap. 
  • Laundry: Washing machine (not a necessity as coin laundries still operate), washing detergent, cleaning tools such as brooms, vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket.
  • Bedroom: Bed and/or mattress, draws and/or wardrobe, bedside table, sheets, doona and doona cover, blankets, pillows. 


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