Western Australia

New community mental health service for people in the Great Southern

The WA Government has delivered a new community mental health step up/step down service – a first of its kind in regional Western Australia.

The service was opened by WA Mental Health Minister Roger Cook,  in Albany to provide additional mental health support to people in the Great Southern region.

Community mental health step up/step down services form a part of the WA Government’s Plan for Mental Health and Mental Health Recovery Services. They provide short-term, residential support and individualised care for people following their discharge from hospital or assist people at the outset of a mental health episode so they can avoid being admitted to hospital.

The Albany six-bed service is operated by Neami National and is the first regional step up/step down service to open in Western Australia. The WA Government will invest $28 million in capital funding over the next three years to progress the establishment of community mental health step up/step down services in Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Karratha to better support local communities.

One in five Australians will be affected by a mental health issue each year and the vast majority of those people receive their care while living and working in their community, among their family and friends.

For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14.

Source: WA Government