Bathurst – Broken Hill – Forbes – Lithgow – Mudgee – Oberon – Orange – Parkes – Wilcannia – White Cliffs.
Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Family Mental Health Support Service provides support for vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing mental health.
Services provided include a range of flexible, responsive, non-clinical mental health support services to meet the needs of children and young people affect by, or at risk of mental illness and their families and carers.
The Family Mental Health Support Service offers three levels of support:
- Intensive, long term, early intervention support for children, young people and their families which may include: assessment and identification of needs; practical assistance and home based support; linking with other relevant services; and targeted therapeutic groups.
- Short-term immediate assistance for families which may include: assessment of needs; information or referrals; and limited direct support.
- Community outreach, mental health education and community development activities which may include: organisation of and participation in community events; and general group work in the community.
The Family Mental Health Support Service will:
- Focus on children and young people while working with them in a whole-of-family context
- Respond quickly and early to make a difference in achieving outcomes for children, young people and families
- Practical assistance tailored to the needs and situation of each child, young person and family
- Establish partnerships and linkages with other services to establish good referral pathways.
Eligible participants are: children and young people up to the age of 18 years who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing mental illness, their families and carers. A formal diagnosis of mental illness is not required to access the service.
The Family Mental Health Support Service will prioritise support to children and young people facing additional disadvantage and risk factors for poor mental health. These groups include:
- Indigenous Australians
- People from CALD backgrounds
- Children in contact with the child protection system
- Young people living out-of-home care
- Children and young people in families experiencing homelessness, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, disability or a history of trauma.