Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Stepped care mental health reform

You may have heard mental health services are changing, with some services being retired and new services being added.
Find out all about the upcoming changes here.


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About mental health services

Mental health and suicide prevention were identified as significant priority areas in the PHN’s catchment in the Health Needs Assessment 2015-16. The PHN uses feedback from stakeholders to implement the right mental health services, at the right time across our catchment.
We follow the Black Dog Institute Lifespan model for suicide prevention

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program provides short term, goal oriented psychological strategies, at no cost to at-risk groups in the community. ATAPS services are of most therapeutic value to individuals with common mental disorders of mild to moderate severity. The services are targeted to those individuals requiring primary mental health care who are not likely to be able to have their needs met through Medicare subsidised mental health services. The clients fall into the following categories:

  • Carers with a diagnosis of mental health issues
  • People at mild to moderate risk of suicide or self-harm
  • People in remote areas
  • People who are affected by extreme climatic events such as flooding or other disasters
  • Women with perinatal depression
  • Child mental health
  • Aboriginal people
  • Torres Strait Islander people
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse groups
  • People who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness

For ATAPS referrals or appointments, please use the following contacts:

  • Central Queensland:
    There4U Ltd. on (07) 4924 9700 or visit their website 
  • Wide Bay:
    RHealth Ltd on (07) 4638 1377 or visit their website 
  • Sunshine Coast:
    Artius Health Pty Ltd on (07) 5443 2100 or visit their website 

In addition, Artius Health Pty Ltd is providing a mental health service for rural populations in the Sunshine Coast Region and There4U Ltd. is providing the Mental Health Services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA) program in the Central Queensland Region.

Partners in Recovery (PIR) helps people living with a mental illness find a support team or service that’s right for them.

PIR aims to support people with a severe and persistent mental illness who are experiencing complex needs. Our Support Facilitators aim to link people in with services and supports based on their needs and coordinate these services and supports. PIR also work to support the carers and families by putting them in touch with different local services for support and helping everyone to connect, collaborate and integrate.

PIR is supported in its activities through the Strategic Partners Group, Consumer Partner Group and Carer Partner Group. The PIR service is offered in each of the three PHN regions; Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Central Queensland and PIR accepts both self referrals and referrals from health practitioners, as long as the health practitioner has the consent of the client.

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