16 May 2023

Mind Australia is providing more mental health and wellbeing services in South Australia than ever before, and more programs are on the way. 

Mind supported more than 550 people in South Australia in the last financial year, across our range of psychosocial support services, including residential, mobile outreach, centre-based, online services and mental health recovery retreats. 

Denise Cumming, Mind’s Executive Director of Operations for South Australia, said Mind is a recognised community mental health service provider in the state. 

“Mind is a trusted psychosocial support provider with more than 18 years of experience supporting and being at the heart of South Australian communities,” she said.  

“Our dedicated community mental health and peer practitioners bring help, hope and purpose to the lives of people with mental health and wellbeing challenges as they seek to achieve their recovery goals. 

“Mind has a strong footprint in South Australia, and we are committed to growing our presence and supporting more people, as well as their families and carers, throughout the state.” 

Peer-led services in South Australia  

Mind is a recognised leader in the delivery and innovation of lived experience approaches in mental ill-health. 

We have a strong commitment to employing peer practitioners across all service models, as well as employing staff in designated lived experience roles in other key departments. 

In South Australia, Mind’s community-based psychosocial programs have achieved a 900 per cent increase in designated peer practitioner and lived experience leadership roles since March 2021. 

One hundred per cent of program level leadership positions in these programs are designated lived experience roles, and four out of 10 programs are 100 per cent staffed by peer practitioners. 

Some Mind services in South Australia which feature peer practitioners include: 

  • Country Wellness Connections – support across a range of life domains to people in the Riverland area experiencing mental health and wellbeing concerns 
  • Integrated Complex Care – support to clients experiencing mental ill-health, issues with alcohol and other drugs, and risk of homelessness. 
  • Connect – an alternative to hospitalisation and Emergency Department presentations for people experiencing mental and psychological distress and/or suicidality in Mount Gambier. 
  • Service Navigation – helps people experiencing mental ill-health with complex needs to connect with access relevant support services. 
  • Mind Recovery College® - an educational mental health service that helps people develop knowledge and skills to use in their mental health recovery journey. 

Helping South Australians connect with their communities  

Psychosocial supports – like the kind provided by Mind – help people with mental health and wellbeing concerns to manage daily activities, rebuild and maintain connections, engage with education and employment, and participate fully in the community. 

“These are supports that help people take positive steps in their recovery journey,” Ms Cumming said. 

“At Mind, our psychosocial support services engender hope for clients that they can live a life of purpose on their terms.” 

Mind’s psychosocial services in South Australia include: 

Mind’s NDIS services in South Australia 

Mind offers several services in South Australia that are fundable through the NDIS that are personalised to people’s needs. These include: 

  • NDIS Support Coordination – support for people with NDIS packages seeking to understand which services they require to take positive steps in their mental health recovery journey. 
  • Mental health recovery retreats - a unique opportunity for people with mental health challenges to experience time away from home while reflecting on how to build wellbeing in their lives. 

The Haven Foundation – a subsidiary of Mind – will build a 16 unit Housing with support residence in Clearview in 2024 – the first Haven residence to be built in South Australia 

The Haven Foundation residents receive Supported Independent Living services for assistance with activities of daily living, which are funded by their NDIS packages. 

At these residences, Mind’s qualified and experienced staff provide 24/7 support for residents.  

To find out more about our services in South Australia visit the service finder on the Mind website

For information on Mind services near you, please contact us via Mind Connect or phone: 1300 286 463. 

If this article raises concerns for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders can also call 13 YARN (13 92 76) a 24/7 national crisis support telephone service staffed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.