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 is currently commissioning a new service called the National Psychosocial Support Measure, which will be available from April this year.
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.