Mental Health is for everyone

One in five Tasmanians will experience a mental illness each year – it may be someone in your family, at work or in your community.

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

Mental health services and your NDIS supports.

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

The NDIS provides funding to eligible people with mental illness to purchase services for their mental wellbeing. The NDIS is all about choice and control for you to choose the services you want for your life and wellbeing.

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.

Statewide

  • Child, youth and family mental health support service

    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. We provide intensive and long term support to help you achieve your goals.

    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.

    Details

    This is a free service offered throughout Southern Tasmania, the Greater Hobart area, Hobart, the Northern suburbs and Northwest 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

    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.

North/Northwest Tasmania

  • Club Haven

    If you’re recovering from mental illness, Club Haven is a safe social space for you. At Club Haven you can be there to help others with their recovery journeys, and make friends who can help you on your own journey.

    Club Haven is a social and peer support network for people recovering from mental illness. It is a relaxed, comfortable place where people can meet, socialise and develop skills. Club Haven offers a friendly, supportive environment in which to build self-esteem, independence and confidence.

    You can take part in a range of activities and classes, such as computer training, cooking, arts and crafts, first aid and exercise. You can request an activity plan as some activities are conducted away from the site.

    Opening hours

    Club Haven is open Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

    Details

    This is a free service offered in the Northwest of Tasmania and the greater Devonport area. There may be small costs for lunch and for some activities.

    Referral process 

    Contact us if you, a family member or a client would like to access this service.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    Peter’s story

    “I first started coming to Club Haven in 2006. I was feeling pretty down and out. I had no idea what the future would bring. Getting experience on the Club Haven management committee helped me gain skills but most importantly, confidence that I never thought I would have.

    I now study and work part-time so don’t have as much time to attend the club, but it’s great to catch up and see how everyone is doing every now and then at the night time functions.

    I’ve always been very into arts and crafts and being able to run my own oil painting class at Club Haven has been excellent. Now that I’ve had this experience the next step is looking at running these at the Devonport Community House. I now feel confident to do this.

    To be involved in a place where people share their experiences, good and bad, has really made me realise I am not alone and I can achieve the things I want to. It’s also made me realise the strength needed to get over things can be found in people who have been there before.”

    Funding 

    Club Haven is an Anglicare Tasmania funded initiative.

  • Curraghmore residential and recovery support service

    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.

  • Recovery program

    The Recovery Program supports anyone recovering from a diagnosed mental health condition

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

    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 is a free service offered in Southern and Northern Tasmania.

    Referral process 

    Contact us if you, a family member or a client would like to access this service.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    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 funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Rocherlea rehabilitation and recovery service

    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.

Southern Tasmania

  • Recovery program

    The Recovery Program supports anyone recovering from a diagnosed mental health condition

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

    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 is a free service offered in Southern and Northern Tasmania.

    Referral process 

    Contact us if you, a family member or a client would like to access this service.

    Call on 1800 243 232

    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 funded by the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.

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