Residents of Moree, Narrabri, Gunnedah and surrounding towns, who are unable to access the NDIS due to the sporadic nature of their mental health challenges, will now be looked after by Anglicare.
Three tailored programs designed to support people with severe mental health issues who have reduced psychosocial function opened in the North West in January. These programs are designed to help people maintain physical wellbeing; find and maintain a home, and build broader life skills.
“Our new services aim to build people’s ability and skills to manage their mental illness, improve relationships with family and friends, and increase their participation in the community,” says Claire Dunlop, Anglicare’s Regional Manager. “We are looking to assist women with perinatal depression; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people living in rural and remote areas; those living on low incomes; people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities; and those who have recently attempted suicide or have persistent thoughts of suicide.”
The Physical Wellbeing program is for people who do not have access to clinical exercise and dietary support or those who have received assistance previously and are working to maintain changes. The program aims to build a person’s capacity to manage their health, exercise and nutritional needs.
Anglicare will also provide a 6 to 9-month intervention for people with mental health issues who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Working with a range of professionals and community groups, Anglicare will seek to stabilise mental health issues; secure existing tenancies; or create new ones where mental health issues have threatened tenancies.
The third program will work with individuals and their broader networks to rebuild their confidence and resilience. “We are looking forward to supporting people on their mental health recovery journey towards a meaningful place in the community,” says Ms Dunlop.
If you or someone you know could benefit from these mental health programs, contact Anglicare on (02) 6701 8200.