New Rockhampton Day Program for young people

New Rockhampton Day Program for young people

Lives Lived Well’s new Rockhampton Day Program for young people to provide phone and online support from 1st June 2020

Free alcohol and drug counselling for young people between 12 and 21 years starts in Rockhampton and surrounding communities on Monday 1 June 2020 through a new State Government-funded program to be delivered by Lives Lived Well.

Due to COVID-19, this new support program will initially be offered over the phone and online.

When safe to do so, it will open as a comprehensive Day Program for Young People inclusive of alcohol and drug counselling and support, group programs and a chill-out area in a new Lives Lived Well service location.

This expansion of our treatment services is thanks to additional funding from the Queensland Government, which also extends to delivery of a residential rehabilitation treatment service in Rockhampton, due to open in 2021.

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles thanked the State Government for its ongoing support, allowing us to provide more treatment options in Rockhampton.

“This additional support has come at a time when we have concerns people may be increasing their use of alcohol and drugs due to higher levels of stress and pressures brought on by the impacts of COVID-19,” Mr Giles said.

“We look forward to providing this program in full when safe to do so in our new space in Rockhampton, but during this time of COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased we can still provide professional alcohol and drug counselling to young people via virtual options.”

Lives Lived Well is also continuing to provide online and phone support to people aged over 18 years, and will return to in-person counselling when safe to do so.

Program inquiries can be made by calling Lives Lived Well on 1300 727 957 or visit liveslivedwell.org.au for service updates.

 

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New headspace for Upper Coomera

New headspace for Upper Coomera

New headspace for Upper Coomera to provide additional mental health support to young people

headspace services across the Gold Coast will be given an important boost during these challenging times, with a new headspace centre to be established in the Upper Coomera region.

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has announced that Lives Lived Well, who currently manage headspace Southport, has been appointed to establish the centre, to provide mental health services to young people aged 12-25 in the local community. It is planned the new cente will be operational by July.

The Commonwealth has provided $750,000 for establishment costs and $912,000 in 2020-2021 for service delivery.

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen said the new headspace in Upper Coomera builds on the Morrison Government’s commitment to delivering essential health services on the Northern Gold Coast.

“The mental health of young people and families on the Northern Gold Coast is my top priority as our community recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.”

“The Morrison Government’s $1.6 million investment to establish and deliver a new headspace in Upper Coomera will support one of Australia’s fastest growing communities.

“I will be working closely with the local community and residents to ensure any young person who needs mental health support is aware of the services available and can access that support.”

GCPHN CEO Matt Carrodus, said the centre will provide additional services to cater for an increase in demand of more than 160 per cent in the last three years, particularly in the northern corridor. It will also help to meet an increase in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given the current uncertainty and rising unemployment, headspace can provide much needed support to young people in the Gold Coast region,” Mr Carrodus said.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan, said the establishment of headspace Upper Coomera, will provide access for young people to youth friendly health professionals in a safe, confidential and youth-friendly environment. This includes mental health professionals, general practitioners, alcohol and other drug professionals and vocational specialists.

“We know with the right support we can help young people get through tough times and get back on track, and it’s great that headspace, a service trusted by young people, will soon be able to provide this support to the local community,” Mr Trethowan said.

During COVID-19, headspace is currently offering a range of telephone and online services for young people, including mental health and alcohol and drug support, to safeguard the health of clients, staff and their families.

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said the continuation of mental health and alcohol and other drug support to people during the COVID-19, through professional telephone and online support is important for the Gold Coast community, in particular for young people.

In addition to headspace services, Lives Lived Well has alcohol and other drug treatment services for young people also available.

“We know that during this stressful time, alcohol or other drug use could escalate and become more harmful or worrisome, so we are encouraging residents to access the service if you or your loved ones are experiencing problematic substance use,” Mr Giles said.

“There are a range of service options for 12-25-year-olds in our community, with the team working closely with headspace Southport to provide comprehensive and coordinated care for youth attending that service.”

headspace is also offering the work and study program available online to support youth whose work and study activities have been impacted by mental health, providing additional support, particularly for those who may be slipping through the gaps or experiencing unemployment or under employment.

Gold Coast residents who may be struggling with their mental health, alcohol or drug use during this COVID-19 crisis can access services through:

 

 

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Our COVID-19 Response – We’re still here

Our COVID-19 Response – We’re still here

Lives Lived Well still providing support over the phone and online

Lives Lived Well has shifted its alcohol and drug and mental health support to telephone and online platforms in response to the COVID-19 virus and to help safeguard the health of clients, staff and their families.

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said it was vital that the not-for-profit organisation continued to deliver much needed support across its locations in Queensland and NSW, especially during this time of heightened stress.

“Our goal is to continue to provide free support to people throughout the duration of the virus outbreak through our professional telephone and online supports,” Mr Giles said.

“It is important. People can consume higher levels of alcohol and drugs when they are experiencing increased stress, and presently, our communities are doing it tough on all levels, emotionally, financially and socially. Social isolation can exacerbate these concerns”

“It is perhaps even more troubling when you consider that increased levels of excessive drinking and misuse of drugs are harmful to people’s health, which can compromise the immune system, at a time when we all need to be as healthy as possible during the current health and economic crisis.

“Our services offer people tools and information they can use to help reduce substance use and find alternate ways to cope with stress and other life issues.”

Lives Lived Well’s six live-in recovery centres are transitioning to non-face-to-face contact, that is online and telephone. These changes are temporary.

We are working to assist our current residents out of live-in care, with a view to supporting the most vulnerable through use of our transition houses. All clients will be offered continued care through different channels.

Lives Lived Well’s free telephone and online counselling and support is available weekdays. To arrange an appointment complete a referral form online at www.liveslivedwell.org.au or call our team.

Enquiries to:
Queensland: Phone 1300 727 957
New South Wales: Phone 1300 596 366

 

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Support Hotline opens for vulnerable Queenslanders in COVID-19 quarantine

Support Hotline opens for vulnerable Queenslanders in COVID-19 quarantine

Support Hotline opens for vulnerable Queenslanders in COVID-19 quarantine

Queenslanders in home quarantine as a result of COVID-19 will be able to access advice, information and support through the Queensland Government’s Community Recovery Hotline.

Minister for Communities Coralee O’Rourke today (21 March) announced the hotline has been activated by the Palaszczuk Government to support people who have been advised to quarantine at home by a medical professional, Queensland Health or through government direction.

“Most Queenslanders have been self-reliant and made their own arrangements for their period of quarantine,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“However, we know that some people who are in quarantine aren’t able to organise the delivery of essential food and medications they may need.

“These Queenslanders are now able to phone the Community Recovery Hotline on 1800 173 349.

“Our staff will be able to work with partner organisations to arrange non-contact delivery of essential food and medication to people in quarantine who have no other means of support.

‘The Community Recovery Hotline may also be used by people who chose to self-isolate to ask for social and emotional telephone support. 

Mrs O’Rourke said the Community Recovery Hotline was currently intended to help the most vulnerable Queenslanders in quarantine.

“At this time the hotline is only for people in quarantine, and only for those who have no other support mechanisms,” she said.

“Queenslanders who require health advice or information while in quarantine or self-isolation should call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84 or visit health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus ( http://www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus ).”

For more information visit https://www.qld.gov.au/communitY./disasters-emergencies/queensland-disasters/novel-coronavirus­covid-19 ( https://www.qld.gov.au/community/disasters-emergencies/queensland-disasters/novel-coronavirus-covid-19 )

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Opening of New 20-bed Recovery Centre in Caboolture

Opening of New 20-bed Recovery Centre in Caboolture

Pictured: Federal Member for Longman,Terry Young, and Lives Lived Well Chair, Damian Wright, cutting the ribbon to officially open Wunya

New 20-bed centre of recovery providing drug and alcohol support in Caboolture

Not-for-profit organisation, Lives Lived Well, has today officially launched Wunya, a new live-in alcohol and drug recovery centre in Caboolture, servicing the Moreton Bay region.

The 20-bed recovery centre was made possible thanks to Commonwealth Government funding, which was allocated in response to strong demand for Lives Lived Well’s support services that have been offered within the community for three years.

The $11 million in funding allowed for the establishment of Wunya, as well as an expansion of Lives Lived Well’s Caboolture-based counselling teams and the addition of day withdrawal and rehabilitation group programs.

In 2018-19, Lives Lived Well supported 2232 people across its range of services in Caboolture, Strathpine, Redcliffe and Morayfield.

Speaking at today’s launch was Federal Member for Longman, Terry Young. Mr Young said he was pleased to see the centre open for those in the community who needed help with drug and alcohol misuse.

“This centre will be a vital asset in our fight to stamp out drug and alcohol issues within the community of Longman, and make recovery possible,” Mr Young said.

“It will change the lives of so many people who are struggling to cope with these issues and allow them a second chance at a better and healthier life. The Morrison Government is passionate about winning the battle against drugs and I am proud that we could contribute to making this wonderful centre possible.”

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said the opening of Wunya completed a comprehensive suite of support services for the region, which also included State-funded family support.

“What we’re now able to provide in Caboolture is rather unique in that we can tailor our support to meet people’s needs at different stages of their recovery.

“For instance, a person could start with us in day withdrawal and then transition into more intensive support at Wunya or in day rehabilitation. Afterwards, they could continue to access ongoing support through our free counselling and support services in the community.

“This continuous model of care gives people the best chance of long-lasting recovery.”

Located at 55 Lower King Street, Wunya offers a six-week, structured, research-backed, live-in program with a focus on education, wellness and life skills for people aged 18 years and over. The centre has a team of psychologists, social workers, counsellors and a nurse.

“We believe that with the right support people can bring about positive change,” Mr Giles said. “We are pleased that those seeking help in Caboolture and surrounds will be able to access a variety of support to help them in living healthier and happier lives free from the harms of problematic substance use.”

 

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