Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS)

Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS)

FMHSS aims to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people, and their families.

FMHSS provide 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.

There are currently two FMHSS service models.  FMHSS established prior to 2012 have a greater focus on community and group support and New FMHSS established post 2012 have a greater focus on individual support.

Family Mental Health Support Service established prior to 2012 

FMHSS established prior to 2012 provide flexible, responsive options for families, children and young people up to the age of 24 impacted by mental illness or at risk of developing mental illness.  These services deliver individual and family support and/or community and group support.

Highest priority is given to the most disadvantaged in the community including Indigenous families and those from a culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and young carers.  A formal diagnosis of mental illness is not required to access FMHSS.

New Family Mental Health Support Service  (post 2012)

New FMHSS provide 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 an Indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse background, 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 Service is the appropriate service for them.  A formal diagnosis of mental illness is not required to access FMHSS.

Locating a Family Mental Health Support Service

Family Mental Health Support Service location and contact details are listed on this website via the links below:

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