Busy year for Mental Health Services
Published at: 11 Oct 2019
WHILE EARLY INTERVENTION IS A FANTASTIC METHOD FOR TACKLING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, FOR ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY SEEKING HELP GV HEALTH IS THERE TO SUPPORT.
The Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service has been busy over the last 12 months embedding strategic initiatives to improve access to mental health services.
Executive Director Community Care and Mental Health Joshua Freeman said some of the initiatives included the establishment of The Mental Health and Police Service, dubbed the PACER (Police and Clinician Emergency Response unit).
“This service involves a mental health clinician based at the Shepparton Police Station who attends appropriate responses relating to mental health events,” he said.
In addition, GV Health was successful in receiving funding for the Personality Disorder Initiative.
“The program will help people assess, treat and support people with severe personality disorders at high risk of suicide, self-harm and or challenging behaviours,” Mr Freeman said.
“It will also build the expertise and capability of the mental health workforce, creating new Specialist Personality Disorder Clinician roles.”
The service also partnered with Wellways to operate the Early Intervention Psychosocial Support Response service.
In addition to the initiatives over the past 12 months, the service’s aged psychiatric residential care facility Grutzner House met all 44 expected aged care accreditation outcomes during an unannounced accreditation visit.
“Grutzner House also recently (had) the interior of the building repainted – dementia-friendly painting was used to enhance the environment for residents,” Mr Freeman said.
Therapy groups are also being held for aged clients suffering from anxiety and depression through the Aged Assessment and Treatment Team.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Clinicians have also facilitated a mentalisation-based treatment group for late adolescents with personality disorders and early psychosis.
“The group is named Emotional Regulation Impulse Control and runs for 10 weeks,” Mr Freeman said.
Find out more about youth mental health service headspace Shepparton here.