Psychosocial support

What is psychosocial support?

If Tasmanians have a severe mental illness and the consequences make their daily living difficult for them, help is available.

Psychosocial support is a kind of mental health support. It 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.

There is a range of community-based, government-funded psychosocial support services available in Tasmania, including through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

People with a severe mental illness who think they would benefit from psychosocial support should speak to their GP or mental health service provider about their individual circumstances.

Primary Health Tasmania is not involved in services provided through the NDIS, but we have received Australian Government funding to commission psychosocial support services outside of the NDIS.

Psychosocial support services commissioned by Primary Health Tasmania

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned the delivery of two psychosocial support services in Tasmania.

Under the National Psychosocial Support Measure, a non-clinical support service is available for adults with a severe mental illness that impacts on their daily life from time to time. This service is for people who are not suited to the NDIS.

Mental Health TasConnect is a free and confidential phone line which aims to connect someone with a severe mental illness with the psychosocial support services that best meet their needs. Available to people of any age, it can also link people to a peer worker if they need help applying for psychosocial support through the NDIS.

Full service details are on Our Services Portal.

Psychosocial support and the NDIS

NDIS support is available for people whose mental health recovery is likely to be lifelong, and whose mental health condition has a significant impact on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. This is referred to as psychosocial disability.

More information is available on the NDIS website.

Primary Health Tasmania has done some work with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and other stakeholders to identify and address barriers faced by people with mental illness when testing for the NDIS. More information is available here.

Need help?

Primary Health Tasmania does not deliver health services or crisis support.

Your regular doctor should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care.

In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police.

For information about health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, visit the Tas After Hours website.

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Mental Health Services Helpline 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (after hours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26

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