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FMHSS - Family Mental Health Support Services
FMHSS aims to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people, and their families.
FMHSS provides early intervention support to assist vulnerable families with children and young people who are at risk of, or affected by, mental illness. These services support parents to reduce stress and enable young people to reach their potential.
FMHSS provides flexible, responsive options for children and young people up to the age of 18 who are affected by, or at risk of mental illness, and their families. Participants can expect services to offer the support outlines below:
- Intensive, long-term, early intervention support for children, young people and their families which may include: assessment and identification of needs; practical assistance and home-based support; linking with other relevant services; and, targeted therapeutic groups.
- Short-term immediate assistance for families which may include assessment of needs, information or referrals, and limited support.
- Community outreach, mental health education and community development activities which may include: organisation of and participation in community events; and, general group work in the community.
Highest priority is given to vulnerable children, young people and their families including those from Indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children and families in contact with the child protection system, and young people transitioning from out-of-home care.
Services will accept referrals of children and young people from any source, including self-referrals, and conduct an initial brief screening process to ensure Family Mental Health Support Services is the appropriate service for them. A formal diagnosis of mental illness is not required to access FMHSS.
Frequently Asked Questions
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My child is out of control. Can you help please?
Our friendly staff would be happy to talk with you. Everybody's story is different and every child's circumstances will need to be considered. We can offer support and advocacy when and where it is needed.
Can you help me make my child understand how unwell I am?
Our support workers will engage your child in conversations, either individually or in a peer support group, about mental health. They will look at ways to educate and de-stigmatise the issues of mental health. All children's stories are shared in a non-judgmental environment.
I need a break from parenting. Can you help me please?
Our program offers group sessions and holiday activity programs. Our support workers will also be able to discuss other available services in town, which provide respite options and suitable activities for the child/children.
The Family Mental Health Support Services program is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Social Services.