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Community Mental Health

Communtiy Mental Health

Community Mental Health

Community mental health are all those programs and services that treat and support people with mental illness outside psychiatric hospital settings. Generally, these are programs and services provided by mental health non-government organisations (NGOs) (such as Aftercare, Flourish Australia and Parramatta Mission), however community mental health may also refer to interdisciplinary Community Mental Health Teams and other organisations that provide social, vocational, educational, physical health or mental health support for mental health consumers.

Aftercare

Aftercare is a non-government mental health organisation that provides a variety of programs to suit the needs and wants of the person with mental illness. Their programs include:

  • HASI (Housing & Accommodation Support Initiative)
  • Partners in Recovery support facilitators
  • Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program

There are numerous offices in the Nepean Blue Mountains region including:

Target Audience
People who are, or have been, experiencing mental illness or have intellectual disabilities.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Referral
Self referral - call the number below to enquire about criteria for specific programs.

Call (02) 8572 7700

Visit website

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team

The Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team provides intensive mental health services for people with a mental illness and their families/carers living in the Penrith and Hawkesbury areas.

Address
St Marys Community Health Centre, 26 Gidley St, St Marys NSW 2760

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

Local Areas
Hawkesbury, Penrith

Postal Address
PO Box 466, St Marys NSW 1790

Referral
Call (02) 9833 6800 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

Flourish Australia

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a non-government organisation that provides a number of services in Penrith including the Housing Support Initiative (HASI) and the Youth Community Living Support Service. The programs and services run by Flourish Australia attempt to ensure safe and secure housing; assist with employment, get the right skills and volunteer work; increase participation in the community and leisure activities; and reduce isolation.

Address
Derby St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
People with mental health issues.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
Can only be made by Community Mental Health clinicians and Partners in Recovery.

Call 1300 779 270 Visit website

Hawkesbury Community Mental Health

The Community Mental Health Team in the Hawkesbury provides a comprehensive mental health service for adults 18 years and over that are experiencing a mental health problem or illness. The multidisciplinary team provides services including:

  • Case management
  • Education and support for clients, carers and their families

Address
8 Ross St, Windsor NSW 2753

Target Audience
Adults with a mental health problem over the age of 18.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Hawkesbury

Referral
Call (02) 4560 4100 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

Katoomba Mental Health Services

Katoomba Mental Health Services is a multidisciplinary service that provides assessment and management for children and adults with mental illness, as well as an outreach specialist mental health service for older people.

Address
Katoomba Community Health Centre, 93 Waratah St, Katoomba NSW 2780

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Postal Address
PO Box 1211, Katoomba NSW 2780

Referral
Call (02) 4782 2133 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

Penrith Mental Health Team

The Penrith Mental Health Team provides comprehensive mental health services for adults who are recovering from mental health concerns. The Penrith Mental Health Team is a recovery-oriented service in which a multidisciplinary team engages with people with non-crisis mental health situations. There is a medications clinic, and an onsite psychiatrist who provides free services for people recovering from mental illness.

Address
Penrith Community Health Centre, 10-14 Soper Place, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
Adults recovering from mental illness.

Eligibility
Adults 18-65

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Penrith

Referral
Call (02) 4732 9450 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

Personal Helpers and Mentors Program - Hawkesbury

The Personal Helpers and Mentors Program - Hawkesbury provides support to people aged 16 and over whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. The program helps them to recover and to live successfully in the community. The mentoring service provides ongoing one-on-one support and focuses on identifying and working with the individual to reach their personal goals.

Local Areas
Hawkesbury

Call (02) 4578 6632 Visit website

Resolve Program

The Resolve program is a two year program delivering comprehensive, recovery-oriented mental health support comprising:

  • a residential program for periodic care with 24/7 peer support provided through Resolve Centres
  • outreach support to people in their homes
  • care coordination and case management for individuals
  • linkages to specialist drug and alcohol services
  • a phone line for after-hours peer support

The program will complement existing mental health services in Nepean Blue Mountains and Western NSW Local Health Districts that are responsible for taking care of you clinical needs.

Eligibility
People aged 18-64 years who live around Penrith, do not have a diagnosis of dementia and have been hospitalised for a mental health condition within the last 12 months.

Referrals must come through the Community Mental Health Service.

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Lithgow Community Mental Health

The Lithgow Community Mental Health Team is a community-based specialist team of registered Mental Health Nurses and a visiting psychiatrist. The multidisciplinary team provides a number of mental health services and groups for children, adolescents, adults and older persons including:

  • Assessment and treatment
  • A gardening group
  • A consumer group

Address
Lithgow Community Health Centre, Col Drew Drive, Lithgow NSW 2790

Target Audience
People with a mental health problem or illness.

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Lithgow

Referral
Call (02) 6350 2750 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People (SMHSOP)

SMHSOP provides assistance to clients over 65 with mental health problems who require assessment and treatment. All referrals to SMHSOP are made through the central access line.

Address
Level 1, Mental Health Centre, Nepean Hospital, Corner Parker and Derby St, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
People with mental health problems over 65.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
24 hours, 7 days a week

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call 1800 011 511

Visit website

Springwood Community Mental Health Team

The community mental health team at Springwood is a multidisciplinary case management team for adults.

Address
288-292 Macquarie Rd, Springwood NSW 2777

Target Audience
People over 18 with a mental illness.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Referral
Call (02) 4751 0100 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

St Marys Community Mental Health

St Marys Community Mental Health provides a comprehensive mental health service for adults 18 years and over that are experiencing a mental health problem or illness.

Address
26 Gidley St, St Marys NSW 2760

Target Audience
People over 18 with a mental illness.

Cost
Free

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm

Referral
Call (02) 9833 6800 (for people already in the service).

Call 1800 011 511 Visit website

Uniting

Uniting is a not-for-profit organisation in the areas of aged care and disability, community services, chaplaincy and mental health that develop a large amount of services involved in social justice and advocacy issues.

Local Areas
Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow, Penrith

Call 1800 864 846

Visit website

Vale Street Social and Recreational Centre

Vale Street is a social and recreational service for people living with or recovering from mental health issues. They provide a range of activities and free services including:

  • Yoga and meditation
  • Art and craft
  • A writer's group
  • Life skills training (e.g. cooking, budgeting, gardening, communication skills)
  • Broadband internet
  • Pool/air hockey table
  • A library/quiet space

Washing machine, dryer, shower and cooking facilities available by appointment.

Free bus service to and from Katoomba and Leura available.

Address
21 Vale St, Katoomba NSW 2780

Target Audience
People living with or recovering from mental health issues.

Email
valest@kncinc.org.au

Cost
Free or low cost depending on activities. There is a low-cost lunch on Wednesdays - requires booking.

Hours of Operation
Mon and Wed 10:00am-3:30pm

Local Areas
Blue Mountains

Call (02) 4782 1286 Visit website

Westclub - Flourish Australia

Westclub's Day to Day Living Program provides people with mental illness with an opportunity to socialise, engage with their community and gain support from staff and peers to achieve their personal goals. Westclub provides individuals with an opportunity to engage with a variety of free creative, social, educational and recreational activities. These activities include, but are not restricted to, Reflexology, Relaxation and Tai Chi. There are a range of scheduled programs and activities in the Day to Day Living Program including bus trips to visit popular tourist attractions and venues.

Hawkesbury Westclub (Outreach)
20 West Market St, Richmond NSW 2753 (Thursdays only 10:00am-3:00pm)

Penrith Westclub
232 Derby Street, Penrith NSW 2750

Target Audience
People with a mental illness.

Email
info@flourishaustralia.org.au

Cost
Low Cost. Hawkesbury Westclub provides morning and afternoon tea, lunch, tea and coffee, and cold drinks every month for $8.00. There may be additional costs for activities and when visiting certain venues.

Local Areas
Hawkesbury, Penrith

Call 1300 779 270 Visit website

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