Mental health is for everyone.

We all have to face challenges in life.

People who have good mental health are more likely to be able to cope with the ups and downs. Our mental health is made up of our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. This means it affects how we feel, think and behave each day. Our mental health also contributes to our decision-making process, how we cope with stress and how we relate to others in our lives.

Anglicare has a number of services to support people who are affected by mental health issues.

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Our statewide services

  • Attempted suicide aftercare program (ASAP)

    Our Attempted Suicide Aftercare Program can provide support to understand what led to this suicide attempt and develop ways to keep yourself safe when things feel overwhelming.

    ASAP is for people aged 15+ who have attempted suicide, self-harm or have suicide ideation. It is a free, state-wide service for people who are not receiving ongoing public Mental Health Service (MHS) case management. ASAP is also for friends and family who are supporting someone who has attempted suicide.

    The service can:

    • Provide support to understand what led to this suicide attempt and develop ways to keep yourself safe when things feel overwhelming
    • Provide intensive follow-up support
    • Respond to immediate needs and provide ongoing support for up to six months
    • Connect you with other services and supports

    If you are a friend or family member who are supporting someone who has attempted suicide, our ASAP Family Resource booklet will share ways of supporting your loved one, preparing a safety plan and providing contacts for local services and supports.

    ASAP Family Resource booklet

     

    ASAP flyer

     

    ASAP is a free service.

    For more information, please call us on 1800 243 232

    Referral process

    Referrals can be received from:

    • GPs or other health professionals
    • Hospitals

    Client stories

    After engaging in the ASAP program, Jake said that his mental health significantly improved and he is no longer in distress. Jake believes that he is no longer at risk of further self-harm, and he utilises the safety plan he developed with his workers to addresses the stressors he identified to remain safe.

    “You have helped a lot, I have been able to talk things through with you and keep myself safe.”

    After accessing the ASAP program, Frank said that his suicidal ideation had ceased and he has no longer has concerns about safety to self, and his overall wellbeing has improved.

    “Being able to talk to you has helped keep me safe because you don’t judge me and you say stuff that actually helps, so thank you for doing a great job.”

    Charlotte said that support from her ASAP worker and a sense of being able to talk through issues and emotions with someone understanding and non-judgemental, was extremely helpful to keeping her safe.

    “Thank you so much for helping me get through the hardest time of my life!”

    Funding

    ASAP is supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

  • Child and youth mental health service (CYMHS)

    Support for vulnerable families with children and young people (0-18) who are showing early signs of or at risk of developing mental illness.

    Anglicare’s professional support staff work alongside young people, their families and carers to support the young person’s mental wellbeing.

    The program has a primary focus on children and young people while working with them in a whole of family context.

    Anglicare is focused on giving you choice and matching you with the staff person who best suits your needs and goals.

    CYMHS flyer

     

    Details

    This is a free service offered throughout the South and North West of Tasmania.

    Referral process 

    To speak with one of our team members, you can:

    Funding 

    This program is made available primarily through funding from the Department of Social Services.

  • Mental health first aid courses

    Build your knowledge and skills to give support to someone experiencing a mental health issue.

    Mental Health First Aid courses teach people how to offer help to someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

    The courses teach you how to provide comfort and support in the early stages and to guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help.

    You’ll also learn more about how common mental health problems are in our community and how to help reduce the stigma associated with them.

    Find out more at Mental Health First Aid.

    Details

    This is a free statewide service.

    Referral process 

    This training is for family members and friends supporting someone who has a mental health concern.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    Sue’s story

    “I went along to the Mental Health First Aid course because of work, but it’s been really useful in lots of other ways too. My course was a lot of fun and it opened my eyes to not only how common mental health issues are, but also how important it is to support people right from the start. We talked about ways to approach people who might be having problems instead of avoiding them.

    I’m much more aware of the way people are travelling now, and feel more comfortable talking about mental health issues. I know how important it is to listen non-judgementally and to get them to access professional help.

    I’m also really aware of the stigma associated with mental health issues and how we can all play a part in reducing that.”

    Funding 

    This program is made available primarily through funding for family support services from the Department of Social Services.

  • Recovery program

    If you’re recovering from a diagnosed mental health condition, the Recovery Program can help you with one-to-one support.

    The Recovery program is for people living with mental health challenges who live in independent accommodation. The program assists people to overcome barriers that get in the way of their efforts to attain a desired life.

    Together, you can focus on your strengths. You can work to overcome the things that get in the way of your personal goals. Everyone’s recovery journey is different, so the support provided is flexible to suit your individual needs.

    Details

    This service is free, community based, flexible and recovery focused for people aged 16+, and who don’t meet the criteria for Older Persons Mental Health Services. Recovery is offered in the South and North of Tasmania. It is currently not offered in the North West.

    Referral process 

    Referrals for the South need to be made through the Maximising Recovery Panel (MRP).

    MRP South

    Phone: 03 6166 1161
    Email: mhs.mrpsouth@dhhs.tas.gov.au

    All referrals for the North need to be made through the Community Engagement Coordinator via phone on 1800 243 232 or email at connectsupport@anglicare-tas.org.au

    Becca’s story

    “I had spent a lot of time in hospital when I was unwell. All my friends and family dropped off and I’d stopped going out of the house. I was pretty miserable. The only people I used to see were a nurse from the hospital and a doctor once a month.

    When I met the Recovery Program worker, she asked questions about me. She didn’t just ask about my medication and what was going on in my head. She made me feel like a real person. We started talking about all the things I could do in my life. Then we actually went and had a go at doing them!

    I still have some bad days, but I feel more on top of things now. I haven’t been to hospital for over a year and I am getting out of the house more. I’m doing some volunteering and looking at enrolling in a TasTAFE course. I have a couple of friends I catch up with most weeks. There’s heaps more stuff I want to start doing now.”

    Funding 

    The program is supported by the Crown through the Department of Health Tasmania.

Residential and recovery support services

  • Curraghmore (located in Devonport)

    Curraghmore has residential support for people living with mental illness.

    For people who are living with mental illness, Curraghmore offers supportive accommodation and medium term residential support.

    While you are living at Curraghmore you’ll be supported to live as independently as is possible. You’ll be able to get assistance to overcome things which may have been a struggle in your life, such as managing your budget, your medication, cooking and shopping. There is support to help you with employment, education and housing applications and you’ll be encouraged to become more connected with your local community.

    Details

    • Curraghmore is in Devonport.
    • Board payments are required. Please contact us for details.
    • Serving Devonport and the surrounding regions.

    Referral process 

    Contact us if you’d like to access this service.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    Karen’s story

    “I have been in several facilities along the coast. Curraghmore keeps me safe. I wanted to do some volunteering work. Staff supported me to find what I wanted and take me to my volunteer job at Meals on Wheels. I love my job, I don’t let them down. 

    I enjoy my swimming program, staff supported me to find this and I attend weekly. I didn’t like to cook, staff worked with me on things that I like and help me cook, now I do this myself. 

    I get scared, Curraghmore staff keep me safe from my bad nightmares. I get up in the night have a drink and staff are there.

    I didn’t have any friends. I have made friends at Curraghmore, and I like my friends.

    I didn’t have any money. I now have a savings plan and am saving for a holiday. I haven’t had a holiday in a very long time.

    I like my life now.”

    Funding

    Funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Rocherlea (located in Launceston)

    A safe place where you can get intensive support with mental illness

    Rocherlea is a residential service based in Launceston that provides intensive support to people over the age of eighteen with a mental health diagnosis. It is run in partnership with public mental health services.

    There are two separate programs at Rocherlea:

    • The Step Up Step Down program is a short-term residential program of intensive support.
    • The Level 4 program is for people who are learning or relearning living skills to move into living in the community. Medium-term accommodation is provided through individual units.

    Details

    The Step Up Step Down program is a free service offered in the greater Launceston area.

    Units for the Level 4 program can be sublet. Please contact us for details.

    Referral process 

    Contact us if your client or patient would like to access this service.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    John’s story

    “Ever since I was a kid I’ve heard voices that nobody else does. They’re pretty angry and not very nice to live with. I’ve only really told anybody about this recently.

    I get pretty anxious when I try something new. At Rocherlea I heard there were tools and tricks you could learn to help with it. They taught me how to control my breathing.

    I also learned how to be mindful and to engage with people. Different things worked at different times.

    I had never caught the bus on my own before. With the others at Rocherlea I sorted out the bus timetable. We caught it together and went into the city. It wasn’t too hard, now that I’ve done it.

    Once, I went on the buses by myself and got lost. I used the tools they taught me to get calm. I asked for directions and made it back all right.

    I’m working on being more independent with the buses and talking to more people. I want to start at TAFE, and I’m happy that I’m less anxious. All of this is helping me get ready to move into a place of my own in the community.”

    Funding 

    Rocherlea is funded by the Tasmanian State Government.

Mental health services and your NDIS support

A new way of funding your mental wellbeing is through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue.

Not everyone who has a mental health condition will have a psychosocial disability, but for people who do, it can be severe, longstanding and impact on their recovery. People with a disability as a result of their mental health condition may qualify for the NDIS.

You can find out more about Mental Health and the NDIS here.

 

As a registered provider of NDIS supports, we can services your needs wherever you are across Tasmania. You will also be able to choose the support worker you want to provide you with one-on-one support.

We understand mental wellbeing because we have been working with individuals, children and families with mental illness for over 20 years. We support people of all ages, including specialised support where a family may have concerns about the mental wellbeing of a child or young person.

We provide services for people who have an existing NDIS plan as well as anyone else who would like to self-fund.

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