The Samaritans Foundation was established in 1984 and is one of the largest regional organisations within Australia stretching across the Hunter, Manning and Central Coast Regions. The organisation's overall mission is to provide unconditional support to disadvantaged people and to promote social and economic policies that promote social inclusion, social justice and the quality of life of individuals, families, groups and general community. The Samaritans Foundation believes that people presently experiencing disadvantage have the right, equally with others, to fully participate in and contribute to community life by promoting acceptance, justice, reconciliation, peace and dignity for all people.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
The services can be accessed through headspace centres, online counselling service eheadspace and postvention suicide support program headspace School Support.
The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
Vision: To enable full participation within a diverse and inclusive community.
Mission: To work in the community with people with a mental health issue or psychosocial disability, their families and carers to provide recovery orientated supports and resources.
What we value: Hopes and dreams, people focus and individual strengths, inclusion, partnership, diversity and recovery journeys.
Suicide Prevention Australia was established in 1992, It is a national public health organisation incorporated in NSW and is a membership association and a registered charity. SPA hosts the Annual National Suicide Prevention Conference in Australia and is funded from time to time to support this role by the LIFE Framework, Australia's National Suicide Prevention Strategy. SPA's achievements include a number of research projects. For example, SPA wrote Australia's first media guidelines for suicide prevention in Achieving the Balance. More recently, SPA is involved in a capacity building program with other agencies called Community LIFE.
S.T.E.P.S. is a government funded program that has been assisting people with mental illness & mental health issues with counselling, training and obtaining employment. The program is managed by Sydney Counselling Centre (SCC). SCC staff includes a team of clinical psychologists, psychologists and employment counsellors who have been working in this industry for many years.
Stepping Out is a community-based organisation run by women for women survivors of child sexual assault and their children. Stepping Out aims to create a safe, supportive and respectful environment where women can develop confidence, increase self-esteem and are able to make positive decisions about their future based on their own needs and beliefs. Stepping Out services are available to any woman affected by child sexual assault who is:"18 years and over;"Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;"Able to manage semi-independent living (with assistance from carers if appropriate); and"Wanting to address issues of child sexual assault.
The St Vincent de Paul Society provides a range of mental health programs in New South Wales. Group social recreation centres are located in Lewisham, Como and the Illawarra. Compeer, our award winning mental health friendship program, has branches in the Central Coast, Chatswood, Blacktown, Lewisham, Griffith, Albury, Illawarra-Shoalhaven and Macarthur-Wingecarribee areas. For more information on these services, please contact details below.