Community mental health
Continuing your recovery from a mental health condition can be difficult once you leave hospital and are at home in your old routine.
Our community mental health program provides support after discharge to allow you to continue your recovery, prevent relapse and improve your quality of life.
We also offer community mental health to outpatients (people who haven’t been admitted to hospital) with a mental health condition to support you in maintaining your health and wellbeing.
Our community mental health program
Our community mental health program is delivered by credentialed mental health nurses who visit you at home to provide assessment, treatment and support.
We work closely with you and your treating psychiatrist to tailor a program to you and your goals. Your program may include support monitoring your mental health and/or relapse prevention, or skill development across a range of areas.
Some of the services we offer through community mental health include:
- condition and symptom management – assisting you to develop relapse prevention strategies, providing education about your illness, medication and development of support networks and safety planning
- therapy – provision of interpersonal and supportive individual therapy
- skills development – including emotional resilience and wellbeing, life skills, relaxation and mindfulness
- family support and education – equipping your support network with the knowledge and skills to help you recover.
You can access this program through referral by your treating psychiatrist, after a stay in our hospital, or in some circumstances through referral by your general practitioner.
Benefits of community mental health
- Extra support on transition home or during times of stress or relapse
- Equips you with knowledge regarding your illness and medication
- Develops your understanding of stressors and signals of relapse
- Develops your skills to manage your illness and prevent relapse
- Enhances quality of life.
These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to fully participate in necessary care and management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether treatment is suitable for you.