In1-in-5 Australians have mental health issues, the organisations below might be able to help you or friends and family
Telephone Crisis Support (24 hrs) call 13 11 14
Way Ahead Mental Health Association of NSW www.wayahead.org.au
Mental Health Information Service Line call 1300 794 991
Bradfield Park Carers Program www.thekirribillicentre.org/carers-program/#/about-carers-program
Respite Program for families, friends and supporters of people with a mental illness. Phone: 02 8920 0675
Partners in Recovery Partners in Recovery
Support facilitation for people who have severe and persistent mental illness. If people are having difficulty accessing multiple services or getting the right supports a referral can be made to Partners in Recovery. Staff can help people plan their recovery, assist with access to the right combination of services, coordinate the services they need to recover and enhance people’s relationships and understanding across services and sectors. To make a referral or for more information call 1300 000 747.
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au
Beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma. Learn more about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention, or talk through your concerns with our Support Service on 1300 22 4636 or www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport. Our trained mental health professionals will listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.
Compeer is a community program that aims to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of people with a mental illness through one-to-one friendship with a caring volunteer. Friends meet up regularly for simple social activities, such as grabbing a bite to eat, going for a walk or visiting a local attraction. A Compeer friendship addresses the stigma and isolation associated with mental illness, and provides a rewarding and social volunteer experience.
Neami Ashfield Neami Support Services
Neami Ashfield is a community mental health service supporting people living with mental illness to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals
Macquarie Hospital North Ryde Art Therapy
Macquarie Hospital North Ryde has a dedicated Art Therapy room and employs 2 part-time Art Psychotherapists. Participants are streamed into small groups who attend art therapy on a weekly basis. Psychotherapy augmented with art materials is what makes Art Therapy unique among other therapies offered at Macquarie.
For enquiries, please contact: Lyndall Graham on mobile: 0403 341 992
The Schizophrenia Fellowship is a not for profit, community based organisation working in the field of mental illness, committed to improving the circumstances and welfare of people living with a mental illness, their relatives and carers, and professionals working in the area. Our goals are: :
- Eliminate stigma and create a society that is understanding and accepting.
- Ensure that people with a mental illness, and their carers and relatives, have access to information and appropriate services.
- Advocate on behalf of people with a mental illness, their carers and relatives and mental health professionals, for better government policy in the areas of research, treatment, rehabilitation, housing and other relevant areas.
- Provide innovative programs and support.
- Ensure that the Fellowship has effective and accountable management.
Contact 1800 985 944 0r 02 9879 2615 to hear a friendly voice and for more information. The services we provide the North Sydney region are located at Chatswood and Balgowlah and include professional psychological services and day to day living centres.
Hercules House, Day to Day Living program
The Hercules House D2DL Program supports adults who are living with a mental illness, experiencing isolation from the community and may be having difficulty with tasks of day to day living. A service of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc. Hercules House is located at 51 Hercules Street in the Chatswood Recovery and Wellbeing Hub. Please contact Day to Day Living on 9199 6190.
Lost Bird Found Project
As part of Mental Health Month in October, North Sydney Council runs the Lost Bird Found Community Art Project with the intention of raising awareness about Mental Health.
2016 was the third year for this project where small handcrafted birds popped up all around North Sydney - and it was finders keepers! Made by members of the community, each unique bird has a card attached with details of the project’s Web Page, Facebook & Instagram accounts, as well as links to mental health support services and community activities. Participants are encouraged to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, share images of their birds online and help to spread the message.
Where do the birds come from?
Community organisations and groups host FREE workshops in August, September and October to handcraft unique birds for the project.
Thank you to the following organisations for their involvement: Stanton Library, North Sydney Community Centre, Crows Nest Centre, North Sydney Mens Shed, Uniting Recovery, Compeer Northern Sydney, ACU, Cammeryagal High School, Cammeray Scout Group, Community Care Northern Beaches, Mindscope Psychology and Planet X Youth Centre in partnership with Bradfield College and Taldumande Youth Services.
Other organisations or individuals are also welcome to take part.
Please contact the Access and Inclusion Co-ordinator, Community Development, 9936 8100 or @lostbirdfoundproject
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