Service expands to meet 'unprecedented growth'

St John of God Health Care is expanding its mental health outreach (Bigstock)

More vulnerable West Australians will receive low cost or free mental health treatment with St John of God Social Outreach’s community mental health service expanding its services in the state’s south metropolitan and regional areas.

Over the past year Social Outreach has opened two new locations in Cockburn and Pinjarra in addition to existing community mental health services in Fremantle and Mandurah.

The service provides individually tailored counselling and group therapy for people experiencing mental health issues. The diverse therapy options are provided by a team of experienced psychologists, mental health social workers and mental health occupational therapists.

Director of St John of God Social Outreach’s community mental health services, Anna-Marie Thompson, said the expansion is needed given the unprecedented growth and need in the Peel region for mental health services.

“Over the past two years we’ve helped more than 1,600 people and by taking our services into Pinjarra and Cockburn we’ll be able to support more families and communities in need closer to home,” she said.

“We are also looking to broaden our footprint in WA’s South by opening a service in Waroona later this year.”

In addition to the new service locations St John of God Social Outreach’s community mental health services has also expanded its workforce by adding four new staff members to support growing demand.

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Improving access to community mental health services in Australia (sjog.org.au)

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