When we talk about psychosocial support, we’re talking about programs and activities designed to help people with a severe mental illness increase their functioning in day-to-day life.
Psychosocial support can take many forms. It may mean supporting people with:
• developing social skills and friendships
• building family relationships
• managing money
• finding and looking after a home
• developing work goals
• improving educational skills
• staying physically well, including with exercise
• support with drug, alcohol and smoking issues
• building broader life skills including confidence and resilience.
eMental health refers to the use of the web and other communication technologies to provide mental health services and support. This includes things like online support groups, podcasts and apps.
Head to Health is a great place to start if you’re searching for information about digital mental health resources and services.
For years, stress was simply a way of life for Stephanie*.
The Launceston local’s days – and most of her nights – were filled with the demands of caring, and it was starting to take a toll on her mind and body.
“I was basically just on that hamster wheel of no sleep and lots of stress,” she says.
That was until she met the team at Wellways and completed the Optimal Health Program – a self-management course that aims to improve individual wellbeing and build on people’s strengths and values.
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.
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.
Psychological treatment services for people with mental illness who are living 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.