Stepped care approach

A stepped care approach to mental health and suicide prevention

Stepped care is a staged system of interventions that match an individual’s needs, ranging from the least to the most intensive.

The multiple levels of a stepped care approach offer a spectrum of service options, allowing an individual to access the right service to meet their needs at the right time, in the right place, to maintain their wellness or support their recovery back to wellness.

COORDINARE has adopted 10 stepped care principles, which you can read about here. There is a short explainer video available here.

You can also read about COORDINARE's stepped care approach in more detail via our Integrated Primary Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (Stepped Care) document and our Implementing a stepped care approach to mental health and suicide prevention statement.

The Australian Government's stepped care implementation guide provides further information on this approach.

Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in need of immediate assistance.

For other mental health concerns, visit or talk to someone you trust such as a doctor or health professional.