South-West Mental Health Services in the works

A new community mental health step up/step down service for people in the South-West region is in the works, aiming to support people with their mental health struggles in a residential setting, close to their family and friend networks.

The 10 bed service in Glen Iris is part of a State Government iniative to provide vital short term residential support and individualised care, in turn reducing hospital admissions and aiding anyone experiencing a mental health episode.

The South-West community mental health step up/step down service is expected to be operational by early 2020, with the State Government providing $4.56 million in capital funding from Royalties for Regions.

Health Minister, Roger Cook, said providing the South West region with a new option for mental health treatment and care in their communities is vitally important.

“Offering appropriate community mental health services is vital to ensure people who need help get the best possible treatment, it also frees up beds in our hospitals,” he said.

The McGowan Government is investing more than $21 million in capital funding over the next three years in community mental health step up/step downs to establish services in Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Karratha.

Bunbury MLA, Don Punch, is pleased to see the McGowan Government delivering on their election commitment for more regional mental health services.

“People in the South-West will soon have access to services when they need them, close to their homes and personal support network. This will result in better treatment outcomes,” he said.

For support, call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling or in a crisis situation call Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788 (metro) or 1800 676 822 (Peel) or Rurallink on 1800 552 002.

For more information on community mental health step up/step down services or to watch videos about the existing services, visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/stepupstepdown

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