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YSAS celebrates 25 years of impact — supporting over 100,000 young people and families to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Since 1998, we’ve been walking beside young people and families as they work towards improving mental health and reducing both substance use-related harm and unwanted involvement with the criminal justice system.

Australia still needs a First Nations voice — it’s time to listen and act

YSAS continues to say Yes to a Voice to Parliament for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and supports a Treaty in Victoria.

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Daniel Robinson Croft is a lived and living experience Youth Peer Advocate at Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), Australia’s largest youth-specific community service organisation focussed on youth alcohol and other drugs, mental health and youth services. Daniel frequently volunteers for various harm reduction services within Victoria and is a community campaigner for…


This opinion piece was featured on ABC Health & Wellbeing on 11 February 2023.

What if I told you I’d found a tablet that could make you sleep better, think clearer, concentrate longer, run faster, and help your immune system?

That doing one simple thing could bring such a…

Media Release  

One week into the month-long national fundraiser febfast over 2,000 participants have signed up to take a break from alcohol, go sugar-free of give up another vice. In the midst of Australia’s cost-of-living crisis it’s never been a more important time to support charities experiencing the double pinch of…

Media Release  

National fundraiser febfast has begun— where Aussies ditch booze, sugar or another vice to improve their health and raise funds for young people facing addiction.

To mark the beginning of febfast, CEO of VicHealth Dr Sandro Demaio is available to talk about the scientific health benefits…


Official 2024 febfast Australia Ambassadors Sarah Bunnell and David Andrew from Naked Life Spirits share their secrets and tips for cutting back or switching sober for 29 days this February to raise funds for YSAS services and programs.

In the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant scene, amidst trendy…


January 26 marks the beginning of colonisation in Australia, and for many First Nations people, it’s a day of mourning. YSAS staff can now choose to work on Australia Day in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and have a day off on a different day. Here’s why…

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Following the 8 drug-induced overdose critical incidents at Hardmission Festival in Melbourne on January 6, it’s clear that current punitive drug policy and policing practice has failed to keep young people who are using drugs safe from harm.

YSAS extends its condolences to those affected, their loved ones, first responders…

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With the year drawing to a close and silly season in full swing, Aussie’s are being encouraged to make a commitment in advance to kick a vice to the curb next Feb – with early registrations for febfast opening this week.

febfast is in its nineteenth year raising funds Australia’s…

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