Expansion of successful mental health program
A successful Australian Government program assisting people suffering from severe mental health problems was expanded today with the announcement of 48 new sites across Australia.
Addressing a workshop of Personal Helpers and Mentors in Canberra today, Minister for Community Services, Senator Nigel Scullion, confirmed that their new program was already achieving great results and would be expanded with an additional $60 million.
‘The original 28 demonstration sites running the Personal Helpers and Mentors program are proving very effective at giving individual support to help mental health sufferers reconnect to the wider community,’ Senator Scullion said.
‘Altogether the Australian Government is funding around 900 new Personal Helpers and Mentors over five years to assist people with severe mental illness to manage their daily activities and access a range of support services.
‘These new teams of Personal Helpers and Mentors will provide an additional 240 Personal Helpers and Mentors across Australia.
‘A key element of the program is its emphasis on community support and social connections as an integral component of recovery.
‘The program focuses on strengths – what people with a mental illness can do, rather than what they can’t do.
‘It works towards meeting the great challenges the nation confronts in relation to mental illness, helping participants reconnect with their community and have the opportunities in life they deserve,’ Senator Scullion said.
These first two rounds of funding are part of the Australian Government’s $285 million commitment for the Personal Helpers and Mentors program.
The program is part of the Australian Government’s $1.9 billion contribution to the Council of Australian Governments’ National Action Plan on Mental Health 2006-2011.
|Site||State||Site by Funding Type|
|NEW SOUTH WALES|
|The Benevolent Society||Armidale||NSW||Non-metro|
|New Horizons Enterprises Limited||Croydon/Bankstown||NSW||Metro|
|Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc||Dubbo||NSW||Non-metro|
|New Horizons Enterprises Limited||Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai||NSW||Metro|
|The Benevolent Society||Liverpool||NSW||Metro|
|New Horizons Enterprises Limited||Lower North Shore||NSW||Metro|
|Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church [Centacare New England North West (NENW)]||Moree||NSW||Non-metro|
|New Horizons Enterprises Limited||Northern Beaches||NSW||Metro|
|New Horizons Enterprises Limited||Tweed/Byron||NSW||Non-metro|
|Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc||Ulladulla/Shoalhaven||NSW||Non-metro|
|Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc||Wagga Wagga||NSW||Non-metro|
|Lambing Flat Enterprises||West Wyalong||NSW||Non-metro|
|The Benevolent Society||Wingecarribee||NSW||Metro|
|Top End Association for Mental Health Inc.||Top End Rural and Remote Darwin Rural, East Arnhem and Tiwi||NT||Non-metro|
|Open Minds Australia||Bayside||QLD||Metro|
|Open Minds Australia||Caboolture||QLD||Non-metro|
|Community Solutions Inc.||Fraser Coast||QLD||Non-metro|
|Open Minds Australia||Ipswich||QLD||Non-metro|
|Australian Red Cross Society||Rockhampton||QLD||Non-metro|
|Open Minds Australia||South Brisbane||QLD||Metro|
|Australian Red Cross Society||Mid-North country region||SA||Non-metro|
|Mental Illness Fellowship of SA Inc.||Noarlunga||SA||Metro|
|Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide Inc.||Southern Metropolitan Marion sub area||SA||Metro|
|Mental Illness Fellowship of SA Inc.||Western Metropolitan Area | Port Adelaide sub area||SA||Metro|
|Anglicare Tasmania Inc.||Sorell and Districts (South East Tasmania)||TAS||Non-metro|
|Karingal Inc.||Barwon A (Greater Geelong)||VIC||Non-metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Barwon South West – Glenelg||VIC||Non-metro|
|Inner East Mental Health Services Association Inc.||Eastern – Central East – Manningham||VIC||Non-metro|
|Uniting Church and Australia Property Trust Prahran Mission Uniting Care||Eastern – Central East – Monash||VIC||Non-metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Eastern – Central East – Whitehorse||VIC||Non-metro|
|JobCo. Employment Services Inc.||Eastern – Inner Urban East 1 – Boroondara||VIC||Non-metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Gippsland – 2 Korumburra; Lakes Entrance||VIC||Non-metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Gippsland – Traralgon Morwell||VIC||Non-metro|
|Inner South Community Health Service Inc.||Inner South A (Melbourne)||VIC||Metro|
|JobCo. Employment Services Inc.||Inner West A (Melbourne)||VIC||Metro|
|Eastern Access Community Health Inc.||Outer East A (Knox)||VIC||Metro|
|Eastern Access Community Health Inc.||Outer East B (Maroondah)||VIC||Metro|
|Eastern Access Community Health Inc.||Outer East C (Mooroolbark to Healsville)||VIC||Metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Southern A (Cardinia)||VIC||Metro|
|WISE Employment Ltd.||Southern B (Casey)||VIC||Metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of Victoria||Southern C (Greater Dandenong)||VIC||Metro|
|JobCo. Employment Services Inc.||Southern D (Middle Southern)||VIC||Metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of WA||Bentley Health Service Region||WA||Metro|
|The Richmond Fellowship of WA||Midland/Guildford||WA||Metro|
|Perth Home Care Services Inc.||Wheatbelt Region||WA||Non-metro|