At St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, we have a long history as leaders in the treatment of mental health. Both in our research and practice, including: a 44 bed inpatient unit, a psychiatric Crisis Assessment and Treatment Service and several community-based mental health services.
There has never been more demand than there is right now on our mental health programs, our mental health nurses, our psychologists and psychiatric staff.
People are suffering increased intensity of existing mental illness, or new, never before experienced symptoms, brought on as a result of the global pandemic.
We ask that you help us to meet these needs:
- The HOPE Suicide Prevention Service aims to support people who are severely distressed.
- Extended support for patients admitted to St Vincent’s Emergency Department or other mental health services following a mental health episode. Patients are then monitored closely via phone support. This service helps to connect patients with a GP, counsellor or other primary health care provider, to assist with their ongoing care.
- Education and support is provided to GPs and health care providers based in St Vincent’s catchment area. Providing them with the tools and support to treat people with anxiety and depression.
- The Clarendon Homeless Outreach Psychiatric Service (CHOPS) assess and allocates a case manager to people with a mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
It is during times of fear, isolation and uncertainty when it is most important that we strengthen our sense of community by connecting with and supporting each other.
That’s why I ask you to join us in helping fight the mental health crisis.
Please send a gift today to help us care for the countless people suffering from anxiety and depression.
St Vincent’s Hospital is a world leader in the treatment of mental health. We are seeing how people are struggling to cope with the events around us. Sadly, some have taken their own life, not knowing the support they so desperately needed was there for them.
Together with your support, we can help to provide the treatment, comfort and support so urgently needed during these uncertain times.