Mental Health Services

Catholic Healthcare’s Mental Health Services provide comfort and support for people during the recovery process so they are able to grow and flourish in their communities.

We also encourage our clients to guide the level of care and support they require to ensure ongoing health and wellbeing.

Our Mental Health Services include:

  • Support along the road to recovery, understanding that this is an individual process;
  • Respite to sustain the caring role and support interpersonal interests of the consumer;
  • Drop-in and group support to promote community connections;
  • Care coordination to improve physical living conditions, particularly those living in squalor;
  • Housing support to enable a secure home environment;
  • Personal support to achieve goals and ambitions.

We are funded to deliver programs that include: Day to Day Living in the Community Program in Orange and Mental Health Respite in the Central West, Orana, Riverina, Mid North Coast, Southern Highlands, Northern Sydney and Cumberland Prospect regions.

Below are some of the support programs available for people needing mental health support. 

Programs available

Mental Health Carer Respite (MHCR)

The MHCR provides social and physical activity for  people a with mental illness the program focusses on both social interaction and community participation.

The carer takes some respite while the person in their care engages in community activity independent of their carer.

The program provides a respite service to carers to enable them to continue to sustain their caring role. Respite prevents early hospitalisation or institutionalisation of the care recipient by supporting the carers in their role. To enquire call 1300 319 011.

Mental Health Respite

Respite Program for ageing Carers of people with a mental illness, psychiatric or intellectual disability which runs Tuesday and Wednesday from the Respite Cottage.  To enquire call 1300 319 011. 

Day 2 Day Living

Based in Orange, the program provides Community Participation opportunities for people diagnosed with a mental health condition.

Clients are offered activities to reconnect to their community and improve health and wellbeing outcomes. 

This is a structured activity program that aims to improve the health outcomes of clients through personal development in the provision of independent living skills. 

The focus of the program is on a person’s strengths rather than their deficits. It acknowledges that a person can live a satisfying life within the limitation of their illness.

It offers a range of activities including: 

  • Healthy living – exercise- walking groups, aqua aerobics, gym programs and nutrition
  • Coffee group
  • Craft and creative groups
  • Networking with other services to refer clients into appropriate organisations for other activities and services
  • TAFE outreach and other training information to develop vocational and skills
  • Budgeting – money matters 
  • GROW
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Art of conversation
  • Social lunches, picnics and movies 
  • Ageless Angels Catholic Community Services Choir (a community choir in the North Sydney area who came together in March 2009. Participants range in age from early thirties to late eighties and members include clients from the community, day and respite programs, carers, friends and family members of clients, staff and volunteers. The Ageless Angels rehearse Wednesdays fortnightly from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Call 1300 319 011 to join.)
  • Living Conditions Program (LCP)

Provides support and assistance for individuals who are willing to reorganise and clean their homes so that they can live in a safe and clean environment. For more information, phone 1300 319 011.


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Catholic Healthcare promotes life in all its fullness by providing aged, health and community services inspired by the Catholic tradition.

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