Free access to a new low-intensity mental health service will be available to families in the local region thanks to a $650,000 investment by the Federal Government.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen today announced that Artius Health and Acacia Ridge Community Support Incorporated had been successful in tendering to deliver the service, which will support people experiencing or at risk of developing a mental health issue.
The program will be overseen by Brisbane South PHN.
Mr van Manen said delivery of the service was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to providing a wide range of mental health services to meet the specific needs of the local community.
“This Government has made mental health a priority and is leading a transformation in the way mental health care is delivered in Australia,” Mr van Manen said.
“At least $4.2 billion was invested in mental health in 2016-17 and the 2017-18 Budget provides a further investment of $173.7 million for improving mental health.
“This service is part of the locally planned and commissioned mental health care that will be provided through our Primary Health Network.”
He said the service would be delivered by qualified mental health workers who would help patients build resilience through regular telephone, online, group sessions and face-to-face contact.