Wellways has won a three-year contract to support people with severe mental illness through the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN). Wellways already provides suicide support and prevention programs across the region of New South Wales. Under the new federally funded National Psychosocial Support (NPS) scheme Wellways will provide community-based support to people with severe mental illness who are not already engaged with services.

Wellways CEO Elizabeth Crowther said there was an enormous need for the service, particularly in regional areas. “Wellways is aware of the great need throughout Murrumbidgee’s communities for engaging psychosocial support services and we look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise,” she said.

MPHN CEO Melissa Neal said, “We are pleased to be able to fund these vital support services for those not currently receiving psychosocial support; the (Wellways) program, ‘Well Connected’, will complement existing programs,” Ms Neal said.

Psychosocial support is about building the capacity and stability of people needing supports and services in areas of their lives; which might include family relationships, managing daily living needs, budgeting, housing, quit smoking, education and goals, Ms Neal said.