Connecting2community

Connecting2community is a psychosocial support service provided by Ballarat Community Health and Grampians Community Health.

Connecting2community is co-designed by consumers for consumers, to inspire confidence and hope in people on their journey of recovery from mental ill health.

What you get from Connecting2community:

  • 6 sessions with a peer support worker setting goals and a plan to reach them
  • support from mental health support workers along the way
  • involvement with an intensive support clinician as you work through your plan
  • NDIS application support (for those wanting to apply to the scheme)
  • FREE access to our weekly group programs to build connections with others and make new networks

Meet some of the Connecting2community team:

Mitch
Mitch
Peer Support Worker, Connecting2community Adult Mental Health
Clinician with lived experience who can engage and help you with social connection while working on your mental health
Tahlia
Tahlia
Peer Support Worker, Connecting2community Adult Mental Health
Clinician with lived experience who can help you with social connection while working on your mental health
Peter
Peter
Peer Support Worker, Connecting2community Adult Mental Health
Clinician with lived experience who can engage and help you with social connection while working on your mental health
Bruce
Bruce
Clinical Lead, Connecting2community, Adult Mental Health
Intensive support clinician who can work with you on more complex mental health needs
Charlene
Charlene
Mental Health Clinician, Adult Mental Health
Mental Health nurse, helping clients with case management needs with a physical health lens too
Tanika
Tanika
Mental Health Support Worker, Adult Mental Health
Clinician who can help with case management, linkage and NDIS applications
Rick
Rick
Senior Peer Support Worker, Adult Mental Health
Provides oversight and guidance for the other peer workers in the team

Research identifies that the top two priorities for people with severe mental illness is managing the symptoms of the illness and addressing loneliness and social isolation. This program is tailored and client-centred, helping people to achieve their individualised goals to tackle their mental illness through support, encouragement and advice.

Connecting2community is available for people from the age of 18-65. Self or medical professional referrals are both welcome. If you have a mental health condition but are not yet connected to a supportive health service, you may be eligible for Connecting2community. You must also be:

  • living in the Western Primary Health Network catchment area
  • living with a mental health condition
  • goal and recovery focused
  • not acutely unwell
  • aged between 18-65 years old
  • currently not participating in the NDIS
  • eligible for NDIS but waiting for an access decision or your plan to begin.

This program is supported by Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN) under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.

Call (03) 5358 7400 for more information, or email any general enquiries to [email protected]

To refer yourself for Connecting2community, complete this referral form, and email it to [email protected].

For more information about mental health at Ballarat Community Health, check out the flyer below for various associated programs:

 

 

Find mental health and suicide prevention services in the Ballarat region here: https://ballaratmentalhealth.com.au/

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