New provider of mental health services for veterans

West Australian veterans will now have more access to mental health services through a new partnership between the Returned and Services League of Western Australia (RSLWA) and St John of God Community Mental Health Services.

7 Dec 2018

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St John of God Community Mental Health Services, part of St John of God Health Care, provides individually tailored low-cost or no-cost therapy, counselling and strategies to people experiencing mental health issues.

St John of God Community Mental Health Services Coordinator Paul Loseby said the service was proud to be working with the RSLWA and hoped to support a number of veterans who might be experiencing psychological distress.

“We know that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression are as common among veterans as the broader community, however those who have been exposed to extreme and traumatic events are placed at greater risk," Mr Loseby said.

“As a specialised service we offer a broad range of evidenced-based counselling, psychotherapy and mental health support.

"We also offer integrated pathways to other health, wellbeing and community programs to enable people live their best life.” 

The partnership aims to provide a safe and accessible service for veterans to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

“Our clinicians help people experiencing mental health issues by empowering them to understand, nurture and sustain their mental health and physical wellbeing," Mr loseby said.

“All of our clinicians are fully accredited by AHPRA and are credentialed to work under the Department of Veteran Affairs funding."

RSLWA Chief Executive Officer John McCourt said he hopes the partnership will provide veterans and their families who need help with more opportunities to access services to improve their emotional health and wellbeing.

“We would like to give our veterans and their families every opportunity to reset their lives and thrive, and this partnership with St John of God Community Mental Health Services provides that,” Mr McCourt said.

Our Community Mental Health Services delivers services in Fremantle and Mandurah and veterans who wish to engage with the service can do so at either of these locations or at the RSLWA office on St George’s Terrace.

How to access our services

The service will be free of charge to veterans under the Department of Veteran Affairs funding and people wishing to access the service can do so by calling our Community Mental Health Services on (08) 6226 9400.