Western Australia’s first accommodation service to support homeless young people with a mental illness was opened in Fremantle today by Premier Colin Barnett and Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs.
Dr Jacobs, who launched the service with the Premier, said young people would be assisted to build their life skills and achieve better health outcomes.
“The State Government is delivering improved services for Western Australians with a mental illness,” he said.
“A key priority is providing mental health services which intervene early and keep people well in the community, reducing the need for acute care.
“With rates of mental illness considerably higher among homeless young people than the wider youth population, there is a clear need for this new service.”
The new service is called Ngatti, a Noongar word meaning ‘continue to move forward.’
It would accommodate up to 16 young people, between the ages of 17 and 22, who have a severe and persistent mental illness or who are at risk of developing mental illness.
“Ngatti will help young people to move forward by supporting their involvement in social, physical, vocational and recreational activities; and helping them reconnect with the community,” the Minister said.
Life Without Barriers, a non-government organisation, would manage Ngatti and provide 24-hour onsite psychosocial support and rehabilitation.
Clinical services would be delivered by the South Metropolitan Area Health Service Youth Reach South.
Dr Jacobs said Ngatti was one of several new community accommodation initiatives for people with a mental illness. The Perth Supported Accommodation Facility, which would support up to 34 homeless adults with a mental illness, would open soon in East Perth.
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