Rockhampton site works welcomed

Rockhampton site works welcomed

4 December, 2020

Site works are now underway and construction will soon commence on the new Rockhampton residential alcohol and drug recovery service at 607-701 Yaamba Road, Parkhurst. Read more on our project updates page.

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said the announcement meant we were now a step closer to being able to provide vital recovery treatment for people impacted by alcohol and drugs within the Central Queensland region.

“Once the build is complete, we look forward to delivering this new offering of live-in withdrawal, rehabilitation and family support, which will allow people to get the support they need at different stages of their recovery over a longer period,” Mr Giles said.

“We look forward to working closely with the community including those who work in health and other support services to help people access our treatment and get their lives back on track.”

“The new services will also create a small boost to the local job market as we start going out to recruitment from April 2021 for up to 20 positions.”

Service commencement is scheduled for late 2021.

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Merger of two alcohol and drug support organisations

Merger of two alcohol and drug support organisations

Watershed and Lives Lived Well today, Thursday 1 October 2020, celebrate an amicable union by way of a merger between the two not-for-profit organisations.

The joining together of two long-standing service providers is aimed at strengthening services and continuing quality support to people and families impacted by alcohol or drugs.

One of the first initiatives they will undertake together will be to establish and deliver a new service in Nowra. Funded by the South Eastern NSW PHN, the alcohol and drug treatment service, called Nana Muru (better road), opens later this month.

Watershed’s CEO Will Temple will assist his organisation through the transition to become a part of Lives Lived Well.

Lives Lived Well’s CEO Mitchell Giles said he was looking forward to building on Watershed’s long-standing record of excellence in the region.

“We hold in high regard the support that Watershed provides. We are pleased to be in partnership with them, working with them to continue to provide a professional and helpful drug and alcohol support service,” he said.

Watershed services will continue to be delivered under the Watershed name, and clients will continue to see the same faces.

Mr Temple affirms that the merger will allow Watershed clients, staff and local community to benefit from the shared knowledge and resources of six other residential services across the Lives Lived Well organisation. It will also provide Watershed services with access to research and technology that is unique to Lives Lived Well.

Lives Lived Well provides drug and alcohol and mental health support in Queensland and regional NSW. Their teams deliver a range of free community services across multiple locations, including face-to-face and phone counselling, two headspace centres, outreach and group programs, detox and support services for families.

For more information about Lives Lived Well visit their website www.liveslivedwell.org.au

 

For media inquiries, call Watershed’s Will Temple on 0414 455 526 or Lives Lived Well’s Marketing and Communications Team, 0409 835 178. Email: [email protected]

headspace Upper Coomera officially opens

headspace Upper Coomera officially opens

headspace Upper Coomera is today celebrating the opening of its doors, providing a vital new mental health service for young people in the growing northern corridor.

The centre has been established in response to an increase in demand of more than 160 per cent in the last three years, for Gold Coast headspace services. It will also provide additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, said the Commonwealth Government has provided more than $2.7 million for establishment costs and service delivery to 2022.

“headspace Upper Coomera is a community asset that will provide young people with access to world-leading mental health support during some of life’s most difficult challenges. This is all part of the Australian Government’s plan to deliver more health services for the Northern Gold Coast,” Mr van Manen said.

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has commissioned Lives Lived Well, who currently manage headspace Southport, to run the centre, for young people aged 12-25 in the local community.

GCPHN CEO Matt Carrodus, said the centre will provide a safe environment for young people to access a wide range of support, including mental health practitioners, GPs, alcohol and other drug professionals and vocational specialists. “On top of the many usual issues young people may be dealing with, the pandemic is also adding to their concerns, and this service is now here to help many young people through this difficult time,” Mr Carrodus said.

Lives Lived Well Board Chair, Damian Wright, said the opening of headspace Upper Coomera was the culmination of effective collaboration between all levels of government with the local community and stakeholders. “We are proud to be part of this new headspace centre and look forward to working closely with the Upper Coomera community to help young people access mental health support,” Mr Wright said.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said headspace wants all young people to have access to youth friendly mental health services no matter where they live. “The opening of headspace Upper Coomera means we can provide more young people with support closer to home, to help them get through tough times and get back on track.”

Upper Coomera headspace details
Phone: 07 5600 1999
Address: 1 Brygon Creek Drive, within the Brygon Creek Reserve Shopping Village
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Website: headspace.org.au/uppercoomera Facebook: www.facebook.com/headspaceuppercoomera
For information about headspace Southport: Ph: 07 5509 5900 https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/southport
For more information about headspace: www.headspace.org.au

Other Gold Coast residents who may need help with their mental health, alcohol or drug use during COVID-19 can access support through:
HeadToHealth.gov.au
• The 24/7 Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au or call 1800 512 348
• Their regular GP who can refer to Gold Coast Primary Health Network commissioned services: https://gcphn.org.au/about/commissioning/gcphn-funded-services
• Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) https://adis.health.qld.gov.au or call 1800 177 833.

 

For all media enquiries contact:
Michelle Saftich – Marketing & Media Officer
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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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