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Mental Health Community Support Services

Individual Recovery
Individual Recovery Support

Location: Gold Coast HHS region - team based at Robina

Individual Recovery Support Program (IRSP)

The Gold Coast MHCSS offers adults with severe and/or persistent mental illness an individual recovery support program to assist skills development, relapse preventation and overall support for recovery.

Eligibility criteria for participants include:

  • 18 years and over
  • Severe and/or persistent mental illness, with a desire to actively work on their recovery to enhance their skills
  • Currently receiving clinical care through a Gold Coast Mental Health Service for at least the first three months of the program
  • Priority will be given to individuals who are ineligible or not currently accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), as well as those those experiencing frequent hospitalisations related to their mental illness.

What’s involved:

This support program is offered for high intensity and frequency support for up to three months, ranging from 2-3 contacts per week. The following nine months involves low intensity support, either weekly or fortnightly. The programs assists participants access a range of individualised, non-clinical, holistic, psychosocial wraparound supports. The program helps participants:

  • Maintain good physical health and mental health
  • Manage and preventing relapse 
  • Enhance social inclusion and connection
  • Build capacity for autonomy, management of stress and self-advocacy
  • Access employment
  • Access additional services (e.g. Drug and Alcohol, NDIS)
  • Carer support 
  • Access to Peer Group Recovery Programs.

How can I access this program?

Referrals must be received through the Gold Coast Mental Health Service. Details to send your completed referral and constent form to are:

  • Fax: 07 3539 6417
  • Email: mhcssreferrals@wmq.org.au
  • Phone: 07 5569 1870

We're here to help

Call us on 07 5569 1870 to discuss next steps. 

Group Based Recovery
Group Based Peer Recovery Support 

Location: Gold Coast HHS region - team based at Robina

Peer Connect - Group Based Peer-Recovery Support Program

This group program aims to empower and support individuals by working through group processes, sharing recovery experiences and developing support networks and social connections. Groups are a mix of structured and unstructured sessions and include peer support, physical adventure/ activity and creative arts. A calendar of activities will be available for participants to explore.

  • Eligibility criteria for participants include:18 years and over
  • Severe and/or persistent mental illness, with a desire to actively engage in a group recovery program to enhance their skills and connection with others in the community
  • Participants currently receiving support through the Individual Recovery Support Program (IRSP).

What’s involved:

This group support program offers up to 12 months access to a variety of program activities, hosted in various community settings. Each session runs for approximately two hours. Led by qualified peer workers with a lived experience of recovery, participants have the opportunity to:

  • share recovery experiences
  • explore new activities and make friends 
  • focus on building sustainable supports in the community Group Based Peer Recovery Support

How can I access this program?

  • Speak with your IRSP recovery worker about the groups you are interested in
  • There is no cost or minimal cost for most groups

We're here to help

Call us on 07 5569 1870 to discuss next steps.

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