Working and engaging with local consumers, carers, providers and many community organisations, we seek to address identified service gaps and areas of need across Western Sydney to improve the accessibility of mental health services to those experiencing mental health challenges in its many forms.
Connecting Mental Health Care
WentWest as the Western Sydney Primary Health Network (WSPHN) commissions a number of mental health services within Western Sydney informed through a comprehensive Needs Assessment and resulting Regional Plan. Forming part of its Primary Mental Health Care Services portfolio, commissioned services include support for mental health, suicide prevention and drug and alcohol services and are based around eight priority areas, encompassing:
Programs and Services
To support these priority areas, we have partnered and commissioned services that help a range of people with low to high mental health needs, with many of these services being free and easy to access without the need of a referral from a health professional. Our Stepped Care Model approach connects primary mental health care with Western Sydney community members and helps health professionals find the right care by determining the service level required.
Youth Mental Health
Youth Mental Health services reduce the impacts of mental health in young people aged 12-25 years. These services are youth-friendly, accessible, consistent and seamless, and aim to improve the ongoing mental health, social wellbeing, lifestyle and physical health of young people in Western Sydney.
An early intervention program for young people aged 12-25 years providing access to support and information for a broad range of concerns including mental health, physical or sexual health, drugs and alcohol and counselling services. We commission three locations in Western Sydney – Mount Druitt, Parramatta and Castle Hill.
A recovery-based service designed for young people who have experienced their first psychotic episode or are at high risk of experiencing psychosis. The service supports young people and their families in many aspects of a young person’s life.
Low-intensity services provide public information, self-help strategies, digital and phone-based mental health services as well as group, peer and GP support. The low needs services we commission are:
The Shed offers a supportive environment for disadvantaged men and women, providing assistance with mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, connecting people to mental health, Centrelink, housing, legal and therapeutic services. With a focus on supporting people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, everyone is welcome. A referral is not required. Call 1300 550 099 or visit The Shed website for more information.
Provides mental health education programs to people living with mental health conditions, as well as carers, families, friends, workers or volunteers in the mental health and community sector.
Free counselling service for people who are at risk or have experienced the symptoms of distress or mild symptoms of mental health such as anxiety or depression. This service doesn’t require a referral and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1300 096 273 to speak to a counsellor or visit Connections Western Sydney Helpline website.
Moderate intensity services are face-to-face services that expand on the above low needs services. They include psychological services and clinician-assisted, digital mental health service and GP support. The medium needs services we commission are:
Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service provides mental health support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with complex needs that require services from a number of agencies. A referral is not required and access is available by calling 8724 6300.
High intensity services are multi-agency care services that expand on the above low and medium needs services. They include coordinated multi-agency support, psychiatric support, mental health nurse services and acute care and hospital-based services. The high needs services we commission are:
For consumers experiencing severe and complex mental health concerns who require substantial psychosocial support for daily living. In July 2019, Western Sydney Partners in Recovery (WSPIR) transitioned to the National Psychosocial Support (NPS) program.
Health professionals can find out more about these programs and how to refer patients by visiting our Severe and Complex Mental Health webpage.
Focuses on strengthening coordination, referral pathways, and connections between Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) residents in Western Sydney, health professionals and community services. With a diverse team of bilingual mental health workers, this program can help to navigate the mental health system and provide emotional support while assisting with referrals and treatments.
Run by the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), delivers psycho-education and lifestyle group interventions for four prominent cultural groups within Western Sydney – Hazara, Tamil, South Sudanese and Arabic. The program aims to identify the signs of emotional distress, develop coping strategies, develop supportive relationships, break social isolation and reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health assistance.
To enquire more about this program contact STARTTS on 9646 6666.
A pilot program in Western Sydney, addresses the specific need of LGBTQI+ clients having limited access to specialised psychosocial support due to limited understanding of LGBTQI+ issues and limited ability for mainstream services to provide culturally sensitive and trauma-aware services for the LGBTQI+ community.
Through one-on-one support and group interventions, the program assists people who identify as LGBTQI+ with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds through building strength and resilience, with a focus on promoting self-help, support and the development of sustainable social support.
Safe Space allows people experiencing psychological distress to access timely and responsive support from trained, non-clinical health professionals. Safe Space promotes wellbeing through a community-centred approach to suicide prevention and offers an alternative to emergency department presentation for people experiencing psychological distress and suicidality.
Safe Space will be opening on Saturday 1 August.
Pregnancy and parenthood can put significant stress on new parents. It isn’t uncommon for anxiety and depression to disrupt parent-baby relationships, wellbeing and family life.
St John of God, Raphael Services, is offered in Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Stanhope Gardens to provide specialist mental health care for families in the perinatal and infancy stages with a significant mental health concern. Raphael Services offers vital early-intervention counselling, therapy, support, provision of parallel treatment or assistance with onward referral to enable mums and dads to thrive emotionally, physically and as a family.
For more information, please call 1800 292 292.
WSPHN is a proud partner of Head to Health. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Head to Health can help you find free and low-cost, trusted online and phone mental health resources. Visit headtohealth.gov.au
Working towards a collaborative approach to improving health outcomes, we held our inaugural Connections Conference in 2017 where over 300 attendees discussed topics including linking services, supporting people with complex needs and accessing help in the digital age. A key topic was youth mental health concerns and suicide prevention strategies.
Mental Health Support During COVID-19
During this time we encourage you to reach out to the support available to you.
For immediate crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 and in an emergency, always call triple zero (000).
Progressing Health Now
Find out more about our other Services and Programs available for Western Sydney community members.