Young woman seeking support.

New funding to improve community resilience and wellbeing

People experiencing mental ill-health will benefit from new funding available to local community organisations who can provide group-based activities that promote community resilience and enhance community wellbeing.

COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN is offering Commonwealth Psychosocial Support (CPS) Community Grants between $10,000 and $30,000 to small to medium community groups / organisations operating within the South Eastern NSW region to provide community led psychosocial support activities.

COORDINARE’s CEO Dianne Kitcher said the CPS community grants are an important component of the CPS program which supports adults aged 16 to 65 years who have a severe or complex mental health condition.

“Participants in the CPS program are supported to help manage daily activities, rebuild and maintain connections, build social skills and participate in education and employment. We understand this support is particularly helpful for the many people in our region who are impacted by severe or complex mental health issues.

“Community groups and organisations that provide community-led psychosocial support activities or help to increase community accessibility and awareness of people with complex mental health needs, can benefit from this support,” said Ms Kitcher.

Funding is available for relevant group-based activities that will:

  • improve social connectedness, social skills, connectedness, friendships, relationships, and isolation for people with complex mental health needs
  • provide new initiatives that are recovery-focused, build on an individual’s ability and skills to manage their mental health, or increase social and economic participation within the community
  • provide education for non-mental health community groups to become more / mental health inclusive / or extend their longevity or reach
  • increase community accessibility and awareness of people with complex mental health needs and/or decrease stigma.
  • target area(s) or location(s) that have an identified need for support.

Detailed information about the CPS community grants can be found here. Applications are open until 24 April 2022.

The CPS program accepts GP referrals and self-referrals. The service is provided by highly trained peer support workers (workers with prior lived experience of mental ill-health) and other mental health workers for people who are not currently receiving NDIS support.

For more information about Commonwealth Psychosocial Support or to be connected with mental health services in your area that most appropriately meet your individual situation, call Head to Health on 1800 595 212.

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