Northern Wellbeing: Now Available in Port Adelaide

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Psychological therapy for people living in the northern and western metropolitan region of Adelaide.

Mental illness in Australia
According to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, each year approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness; with mild to moderate mental health conditions such as anxiety amongst the most commonly experienced issues. 

Alarmingly, despite the prevalence of mental illness, the survey found that only 35% of people with a mental illness sought the use of a health service. The Northern Wellbeing program aims to improve access to quality primary mental services within the northern and western metropolitan region. The program is delivered by the Northern Health Network, funded by the Adelaide PHN and provides free of charge therapeutic counselling services to clients in the community with mild to moderate mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Therapeutic Counselling
Northern Wellbeing offers a maximum of 12 therapeutic counselling sessions per calendar year. The therapeutic counselling sessions are delivered by Mental Health Clinicians who are experienced and qualified psychologists and social workers. They are specialised in providing short-term focused psychological strategies in the treatment of mild to moderate mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression. The first 6 sessions are accessible to clients upon receipt of a Mental Health Treatment Plan from their General Practitioner (GP). A further 6 sessions are only available after a review by their GP. 

When a less intensive treatment is identified as appropriate, clients have the option to be supported to access e-mental health treatment programs, or other resources and options as appropriate.

Service Locations
Northern Wellbeing appointments are delivered from our head office in Edinburgh North and at various co-locations in general practices across the Northern and Western metro region. In addition to current service locations, access to the Northern Wellbeing program is now also available from Sonder’s new premises at 2/78-80 Dale Street. 

Who is the program for?
Adults aged 14 years or over living within the Northern or Western metropolitan region of Adelaide who have a mental health concern and would benefit from short-term focused psychological intervention.

Who can refer?
GPs can refer clients into the program via a Mental Health Treatment Plan MSB Item number 2700/2701/2715/2717

Short-term focused psychological strategies are delivered in therapeutic counselling. 
Sessions are delivered by Mental Health Clinicians including Psychologists, Mental Health Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses.

Referral process
Patients can refer into the program directly by calling Sonder on (08) 8209 0700. To refer patients, GPs are required to complete and fax a Mental Health Treatment Plan to (08) 8252 9433 or to the PMHCS Central Referral Service at 1300 580 249

Example Patient Study
Kristen is a 38 year-old divorced mother of two teenagers. She has had a successful, well-paying career for the past several years in upper-level management. Even though she has worked for the same, thriving company for over 6 years, she’s found herself worrying constantly about losing her job and being unable to provide for her children. This worry has been troubling her for the past 8 months. Despite her best efforts, she hasn’t been able to shake the negative thoughts.

Ever since the worry started, Kristen has found herself feeling restless, tired, and tense. She often paces in her office when she’s there alone. She’s had several embarrassing moments in meetings where she has lost track of what she was trying to say. When she goes to bed at night, it’s as if her brain won’t shut off. She finds herself mentally rehearsing all the worse-case scenarios regarding losing her job, including ending up homeless.

Kristen visited her GP and discussed her mental health concerns. Kristen’s GP completed a Mental Health Treatment Plan and faxed this to Sonder. Kristen was able to access tailored psychological therapy services for her anxiety disorder at Sonder with a Mental Health Clinician and developed new skills to better her mental wellbeing. 

For further information about the Northern Wellbeing program, visit our website or call us on (08) 8209 0700.