Around 7.3 million or 45% of Australians aged 16–85 will experience a common mental health-related condition such as depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder in their lifetime.
When we talk about psychosocial support, we’re talking about programs and activities designed to help people with a severe mental illness increase their capacity to function in day-to-day life. A severe mental health problem is when a person has many symptoms that can make their daily life extremely difficult.
Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned a new service called the National Psychosocial Support Measure, which will be available from April this year.
eMental health refers to the use of the web and other communication technologies to provide mental health services and support, such as online support groups, podcasts and apps.
The eMHPrac – e-mental health in practice – project is an Australian Government initiative that aims to raise practitioner awareness and knowledge of digital mental health by providing training and support.
Head to Health also provides comprehensive information and collated resources for health professionals and consumers alike.
National Suicide Prevention Trial
Tasmania is one of 12 sites around the country taking part in the Australian Government-funded trial, which aims to test how a more coordinated approach can help local communities reduce the rate of suicide attempts and deaths by suicide.
Psychological treatment services for people in residential aged care facilities
Primary Health Tasmania is commissioning psychological treatment services for people with mental illness who are living in residential aged care facilities.
The aim is to give these residents access to similar services as those currently available in the community and will involve collaborating with the facilities themselves to provide evidenced-based, timely psychological therapies.
Alongside our mental health commissioning activity, Primary Health Tasmania is working with the Tasmanian Department of Health, the Tasmanian Health Service, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and consumers and carers to develop a stepped care model for mental health in Tasmania.
People often move across a continuum of care – their illness may become more or less severe at different times, which means they’ll need a different level of support at different times. The provision of services within a stepped care model will enable people to move within the system, depending on their level of need, in a coordinated and seamless manner.
The stepped care model will underpin a new statewide mental health and suicide prevention plan, aiming to deliver joined-up mental health services that meet local needs. This is central to the Australian Government’s mental health reform.