Community Mental Health Supports Report

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The WA Association for Mental Health and the UWA Centre for Social Impact is proud to release the ‘Increasing and Improving Community Mental Health Supports in WA’ project report.

This project engaged with more than 150 consumers, carers, family members and service providers about their experiences, and to co-design community support models that would meet people’s needs and support recovery.

The report highlights the voices of people with lived experience to better understand what kinds of community services are needed and what they should look and feel like.

Peer based supports and local programs to support community connection are key highlights of the report.

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Models in the report were co-designed for people living in rural and remote areas, people with multiple unmet needs, families and carers, high school aged and older young people, and include models like a warm phone line for peer based non-emergency support. 

This WA-first project outlines 6 co-designed models, what needs they should address, and perspectives on what makes a support accessible and effective. The core elements of the models are backed up by a review of evidence about improved consumer outcomes and cost-effectiveness.

The findings can be used to help advance the Government’s commitment to increasing community recovery supports, inform the development of new programs, and support transformation of existing services to support community connectedness and recovery.

Download a copy of the main report here.

To download overviews of the 6 proposed models, click the links below: