Community program helps move from complex mental health issues to a better life

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The CPS program aims to support people between the ages of 16 and 65 struggling with mental health problems. Photo: Contact details.

A new community support scheme has been introduced to help people with mental health issues in South East New South Wales.

Funded by Coordinare, the South East New South Wales Primary Health Network, the new Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS) program is designed to support people in regional communities struggling with mental health issues.

“We are delighted to have partnered with four local organizations to deliver the Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS) program in our area, said Coordinare Chief Executive Dianne Kitcher.

“This program is designed for adults aged 16 to 65 and offers a range of services to help people manage their daily activities, restore and maintain connections, develop social skills and participate in education and to work.

“We understand that this will be particularly helpful for many people in our region who are impacted by serious or complex mental health issues.”


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The CPS program is available free of charge to anyone not receiving payments from the NDIS and is provided by highly trained mental health professionals and peer support workers who have experienced difficulties with their own mental health.

CPS support will be available in South East New South Wales at Flourish in Goulburn, One Door in Moruya, Nowra and Wollongong, and The Disability Trust in Bega, Batemans Bay and Cooma.

Eugene McGarrell, development and performance manager for Coordinated Mental Health Services, said the main aim of the program was to provide a three to six month period of support.

“It’s about helping people move from a complex health condition to a sustainable life or a high quality of life,” McGarrell said.

“That could mean switching them to a program like the NDIS or another program that will continue to support them for a longer period afterwards, depending on their needs.”

Mr McGarrell said the Commonwealth-funded program was designed specifically for people with serious or complex mental health conditions.

“We know that when people are recovering from complex mental health issues, what’s really needed is practical support in everyday life to help them rebuild and maintain their friendship networks,” said he declared.

“We have four community-run organizations spread across the region. We are working with them to ensure that we have coverage throughout the Queanbeyan region as well as rural and remote areas.

He said the program would accept referrals from GPs and self-referrals.

“I’m very excited about the program,” Mr. McGarrell said.

“It’s great that we have services that really focus on need, and it’s also great that we’ve designed a program with Commonwealth funding to help people transition and recover.”

To learn more about CPS, visit Heading for health or call 1800 595 212 to be connected with mental health services that meet your individual mental needs.

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