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New community support for people with mental health issues

Published on 14 Dec 2016

People with mental health issues now have extra support to manage their mental health in the community close to support from family and friends.

The Mental Health Commission is opening step-up step-down facilities throughout Western Australia, with the new Joondalup and Rockingham facilities already helping hundreds of people.

These services provide short-term residential support for people following hospitalisation for mental illness, or at risk of deteriorating mental health. For some people this can be the best option to promote recovery.

The first community step-up, step-down service opened in Joondalup and of 804 admissions, only 32 admissions (4%) were referred on to inpatient hospital care. A 10-bed facility opened in Rockingham in October and is supporting people in the southern suburbs of Perth.

Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell recently visited the South West and announced a new 10-bed facility will be built in Bunbury. She  also visited Broome to view the proposed site of the new 6-bed $4.8 million Kimberley community facility and announced a 6-bed Karratha step-up step-down facility.

These services are a significant boost for mental health services in Perth and regional Western Australia and part of the Mental Health Commission’s plan to help people obtain more effective community-based care, close to support from family and friends.

Photo of step-up step-down facility at Joondalup

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