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Psychosocial supports are programs and activities which are designed to help people with severe mental illness and associated psychosocial disability to achieve their recovery goals. Murray PHN funds psychosocial supports under the single banner of Psychosocial Recovery Services (PRS).

What are psychosocial supports? 

We describe psychosocial supports as services that work in partnership with individuals whose psychosocial functioning is significantly affected by severe mental illness. Our funded services, in partnership with families and carers (as appropriate), provide a range of non-clinical community-based support to individuals to achieve their recovery goals, including supporting people with:

  • developing social skills and friendships 
  • building family relationships 
  • managing money
  • finding and looking after a home
  • developing work goals
  • improving education skills
  • staying physically well, including with exercise
  • support with drug, alcohol and smoking issues 
  • building broader life skills including confidence and resilience.

Psychosocial Recovery Services eligibility 

People may be eligible if they: 

  • have a severe mental illness which has a significant impact on their psychosocial functioning
  • are aged 16 years or older
  • have needs that are responsive to low intensity support and can be appropriately met within 3-12 months 
  • are not supported through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

People who are eligible for the NDIS and state funded psychosocial supports will be supported to access these programs where appropriate. 

How to access Psychosocial Recovery Services 

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Those requiring support can contact the providers directly. 

Are there other psychosocial support programs available? 

There are other programs available to help people with psychosocial support. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may support people with a permanent and significant psychosocial disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities. Visit the NDIS website for more information or contact your nearest NDIS Local Area Coordination Service by calling 1800 522 679 in NSW or 1800 242 696 in Victoria. 

The State and Territory Governments also offer services for psychosocial supports in partnership with clinical mental health services. In NSW, this is delivered through the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative (HASI) and Community Living Supports (CLS). In Victoria, this is delivered through the Early Intervention Psychosocial Support Response (EIPSR) program and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs


For more information

Contact Sharlene Green, Psychosocial Systems Coordinator e: sgreen@murrayphn.org.au or t: 03 4408 5607



Last Update: May 24th, 2024