Mental Health

DSS helps to support Australians' mental health and wellbeing, through programs & services, benefits & payments, and grants for service providers.

Community Mental Health Activity

The Community Mental Health Activity commenced on 1 July 2014.  Prior to this, community-based mental health services were funded through the Targeted Community Care Program.

Under this Activity, eligible organisations are funded to provide:

  • assistance for people severely impacted by mental illness, including services with an employment focus for those who have employment as a primary goal
  • early intervention support to vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs or, or are at risk of developing mental illness
  • a range of flexible support options for carers and families of people with severe mental illness, including services with an employment focus for those who have employment as a primary goal and
  • mental health promotion, education and advocacy.

See Programs & Services for more information.

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