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Mental Health

Anglicare offers a range of programs and services focused on mental health issues. We also offer services for carers, who are involved with mental health. 

Family Mental Health Support Service

The Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS) is an early intervention support service for families with children or young people (0-18 years old) affected by, or at risk of developing a mental illness. The service takes a child centred approach but works from a whole of family perspective in order to improve a child’s wellbeing. Staff in the program include child and adolescent counsellors and case workers. The service is free and operates in the Shoalhaven and Port Kembla/Dapto areas. Phone 1300 651 728

Urban Arts Base

Urban Arts Base (UAB) is a unique community arts based program that assists young people, aged 15-30, who have a mental illness or may be at risk of mental illness. UAB offers a safe, non-judgemental, creative environment to encourage and empower participants to make their own creative and artistic decisions. This boosts confidence and self-esteem.

Participants also gain the necessary skills to re-engage in education, employment, social networks and vocational training. The program is non-clinical and each participant is seen as a ‘person’ and not a ‘patient’.

UAB runs an art and music program out of our Double Bay studio as well as community based projects and an outreach program to the Kiloh Centre at Prince of Wales hospital.

Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Cabramatta

CRCC provide respite to cares in the SWS Region covering, Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Camden, Wingecarribee and Wollondilly. We cover 7 LGA. CRCC is short term and emergency service. Some of the services offered by us is Personal Care, Domestic Assistance, and Shopping. In-home Respite, Residential Respite, Hire of Equipment and Individualised Respite. CRCC also manages respite beds in different areas under various categories.

This service is suitable for:

Carers caring for Frail Aged, Dementia, Mental Health, Palliative Care, Young Carers, Disability, Severe and Profound, CALD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Service types:

  • Information / Referral
  • Respite

This service covers:

  • Bankstown
  • Fairfield
  • Liverpool
  • National

Address: 40 Cumberland St Cabramatta NSW Phone: 1800 052 222

PHaMs

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) is a DSS funded program for people aged 16 or over whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. Case Managers and Peer Support Workers provide one on one mentoring and groups to support individuals on their recovery journey. The PHaMs team are a skilled and passionate group who work alongside a participant to develop an Individual Recovery Plan (IRP) that leads toward living more satisfying and rewarding lives. PHaMs is based at the Anglicare office in Bondi Junction and also has a close partnership with St John’s Maroubra where many of the PHaMs special events are held.

Below is a description of some of the groups Anglicare PHaMs will be running in 2016. If you would like further information on any of these please contact us on 9798 1400.

PHaMs Cafe’s and Events

PHaMs host a number of community cafes and one off events throughout the year. Some of these include Beating the Blues Walk (October), RUOK Day! BBQ (September), NAIDOC Day Cafe & Walk (July), Easter Cafe and the annual Christmas Cafe. These events support participants to socialise in a safe and inviting environment. Some events have guest speakers and information related to mental health recovery. Current and ex-participants are invited to PHaMs events. Healthy food and entertainment – such as Aboriginal dancers, musicians and short theatre skits – add to the fun of the day with many participants now prioritising these events in their calendar each year.

PHaMs Groups

Meditation Group

Mediation group is run in 8 week workshops each term. The session begins with a body scan to help participants reconnect with how they are feeling physically and support them to move from thoughts to a greater awareness of what is going on for them mentally, in their body and in their interactions with others. This is followed by a reading and/or general discussion around a topic related to mediation or mindfulness. Some topics have included gratitude, positive thinking, self-nurturing, commitment and routine for self-care, anxiety, emotions vs. feelings, non-judgemental thinking. The session is then completed with a 10-20 minute gentle breathe meditation. Regular participants have noted an overall improvement in wellbeing as well as managing stressful situations and emotions better.

Technology Group

The technology group is a small ‘beginners’ group that is the result of a partnership between Ascham school and Anglicare PHaMs. Four high school student volunteers facilitate the one-hour, weekly group by running a small topic based presentation e.g. email, social media, Google maps etc., followed by one on one tuition. The group runs twice per year for eight weeks each term. The PHaMs participants bring their own device such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to work and learn on. This group is run informally and caters for a variety of different levels from beginner to intermediate technology users.

One Wave Surf Experience

PHaMs has partnered with local non-profit mental health organization One Wave to offer an 8 week surf group for PHaMs participants.  Each week features a mental health related group discussion. Group members then take part in a 1.5 hour surf lesson with Let’s Go Surfing surf instructors. The focus of the group is to meet others and share mental health related experiences in a safe and fun environment.

MilkCrate Theatre Group

Anglicare Waverly have partnered with MilkCrate Theatre Company to host a series of five week theatre workshop at St Andrew’s church in Bondi and St John’s Maroubra. Open to both PHaMs participants and the wider community, it is hugely popular workshop, with around 12 participants each week. Led by two facilitators from MilkCrate the group fine-tuned their comedy and improvisation skills over the five weeks, culminating in a community performance. Multiple PHaMs participants have stayed involved in MilkCrate Theatre Company since the workshop and have reported new found confidence, friendships and love of drama.

Independent Living Skills

PHaMs facilitates an Independent Living Skills program which runs over 8-9 workshops for members of the Eastern suburbs community. The program is unique in that it runs workshops on developing practical skills and then provides a follow up home visit to work on these tasks at home. Each home visit caters to the specific needs of the individual such as the development of regular cleaning routines, healthy meal preparation or attending to areas of the home that require ordering and tidying. Participants have been able to identify personal barriers to motivation in order to develop new skills. With the encouragement of a supportive worker an increase in confidence has resulted for participants who have made significant gains in managing day to day tasks.

POPPY Play Group

POPPY (Parents Opportunity to Participate in Play with their Young) playgroup provides a safe and supportive environment for mothers experiencing mental health issues to interact with their children, other mothers and support staff. The group is designed to provide women with the opportunity to meet and make social connections with other families in a similar situation. The group also supports families to connect with services that may be relevant to their needs. Groups are run with the support of fully trained facilitators who plan experiences for mothers and children. A childcare facilitator provides developmentally appropriate play activities, a peer facilitator is able to share her own lived experience of managing mental health concerns and parenting, and parenting facilitators with a mental health specialisation are able to provide support that allows mothers to take care of their mental and emotional wellbeing. POPPY runs for two hours per week during school term.

Healthy Eating Social Group

The Healthy Eating Social Group meets once a month. It includes providing tools and discussion around healthy eating, safe food handling and budgeting. Participants are also given the opportunity to cook and eat together in a social setting; and learn new cooking techniques in a fun, vibrant atmosphere.

Movie Group

Movie Group meet on the second Tuesday of every month at the Randwick Ritz cinema. Participants are offered a free movie ticket and meet afterwards at a cafe to discuss the movie. The purpose of this group is to create a social community using entertainment as an initial topic to focus conversation on.

PeerZone

PeerZone is a series of two-three hour peer led workshops focused on mental health and addiction where people explore recovery and whole of life wellbeing. Twenty workshops feature within five themes: 1) Understanding ourselves, 2) Empowering ourselves, 3) Working on our wellbeing, 4) Connecting to the world, 5) Exploring our unique identities. PeerZone invites them to rebuild a more positive story of their lives, offers tools for whole of life wellbeing and creates a community of mutual support.

Early Psychosis Program Sports Group

The early psychosis program (EPP) program is run by the Bondi centre and includes participants who are aged 16-24 who have experienced psychosis, and works with them for up to two years. The EPP sports group is run each Wednesday from 2-3pm at the Matraville indoor sports centre. Over the hour the group is run a mixture of indoor soccer, netball, tennis or touch football are played. The group is designed to not be too competitive and includes fun for guys and girls. Lifts to and from the Bondi centre (26 Llandaff Street, Bondi Junction) are available to participants or participants can make their own way there.

Barista Course

PHaMs periodically run one-off barista courses – both ‘Basic’ and ‘Advanced’ levels. Participants learn the barista basics in the first level and then more advanced coffee making skills to expand on their barista toolkit. On completion of the course participants receive a certificate of completion. The idea behind running these courses is to help participants gain confidence and skills that they may be able to use in a workplace setting. It also support participant to socialise with others in a safe, purposeful and accepting environment.

Locations providing Mental Health

Anglicare Bondi Junction Office

In addition to providing emergency relief the Anglicare Bondi Junction office administers the Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaMs). PHaMs is for people aged 16 or over who have significant functional limitations resulting from mental illness. It is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services to provide support and case management services.  

240 Birrell St
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
(02) 9798 1400

The Haven Project

The Haven Project provides support for carers residing in Macarthur, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee LGA’s  who are caring for a person with a mental illness

Shop 1&2/31-35 Chamberlain Street
Campbelltown NSW 2570
(02) 4621 6650
Services: Mental Health

Urban Arts Base

An opportunity for young people experiencing mental health challenges to express themselves through art in a relaxed studio environment.

1 Cross St
Double Bay NSW 2028
(02) 9328 3014
Services: Mental Health