The non-government organisation (NGO) community mental health sector is a major provider of services that assist people with a mental illness to live a fulfilling community life. There are several program areas including:
information, mutual support, self help and advocacy
vocational and educational
individual and group psychosocial rehabilitation and support
housing and support options
respite, family and carer services.
Partnerships with the NGO sector expand the capacity within the public mental health system to provide more services to people in need of assistance. Services include:
Individual Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Support Services (IPRSS) – a partnership program providing one-on-one rehabilitation and support services in a person’s home and local community.
Psychosocial rehabilitation day and group programs – a variety of programs aimed at increasin self management, interpersonal, recreational and daily living skills.
Mutual support and self help programs – consumer driven programs for sharing experience and to encourage people to work with others to attain improved mental health.
Employment and pre-vocational support services – a partnership program to assist consumers with training and entering paid employment.
Carer support and respite services – a variety of services such as support groups, education, counselling and advocacy aimed at assisting carers of a person with mental illness.
The Mental Health Coalition of SA is the peak body for non-government mental health sector. Find out about their members.
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