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Caring for our community

St John of God Social Outreach services help us meet the needs of people like St John of God Community Mental Health Services client Judith Kewish who are experiencing disadvantage and need.

18 October 2018 

St John of God Community Mental Health Services provides free or no out-of-pocket expense support to vulnerable people experiencing moderate to severe psychological distress to access support and treatment to live full and healthy lives.

St John of God Community Mental Health Services Counselling Coordinator Paul Loseby said many people who were referred to their care were experiencing a high level of distress.

“When the client comes in, they speak with one of our clinicians who gets to understand what is troubling the person, and between the clinician and the person they work out a plan for how they will go so our care is very much tailor made,” he said.

“Over time and over a number of sessions clients start to take control of their lives and start to move forward.”

Judith said that since she had started accessing mental health care through St John of God Community Mental Health Services she was able to look towards a brighter future.

“I have had a lot of experiences in my life that have been challenging to my mental health,” she said.

“My doctor referred me to St John of God Community Mental Health Services and through this care I’ve learned to be just a bit kinder to myself.

“It’s been fantastic to really get my life back on track. I was able to determine what do I want my life to look like in the future.”

In addition to the community mental health services, St John of God Raphael Services provides free or no out-of-pocket expense specialist services to mums, dads and families experiencing anxiety, depression and other emotional health issues from conception up until their child is four years of age.

“The ultimate aim is to be able to achieve a healthy family, with a healthy little person who has come into this world so they can live a healthy life,” St John of God Raphael Services NSW State Manager Maya Drum said.