Diverse Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Project
Through consultations with VRHN members and co-design activities with Community Advisory Groups from the Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi communities, the project will draw insights about the needs and barriers of refugee background communities in accessing mental health services in Victoria and the challenges that services face in engaging and providing mental health care to refugee background communities. The insights will be integrated into a framework for community engagement with refugee communities that can be replicated for inclusive mental health reform promotion across Victoria.
Mental Health Reform Updates
Social Prescribing Trials
Social prescribing in the new Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services) aims to support people to engage in non-clinical community-based activities, such as art, creative, nature or other groups and activities, to reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health And Wellbeing Services
The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended the establishment of up to 60 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services across Victoria.
The new service stream, now known as Mental Health and Wellbeing Locals (Local Services), are an important part of Victoria’s reformed mental health and wellbeing system.
They provide an easy way to get treatment, care and support for people aged 26 years and over who are experiencing mental health concerns – including people with co-occurring alcohol and drug treatment and care needs.