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Psychosocial support for young people with a severe mental illness

What is available?

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned psychosocial support services for people with a severe mental illness and an associated level of psychosocial functional impairment.

These services come under the National Psychosocial Support Measure and are designed for people who are ineligible for the NDIS but would benefit from a level of specialised, less intensive psychosocial supports linked to their goals and delivered at a time of need.

The service provides:

  • access to non-clinical psychosocial support services that complement clinical mental health and physical health services
  • interventions lasting up to six months for individuals referred from a primary care setting
  • guided activities that focus on building capacity and stability in areas such as social skills and friendships, family connections, educational and vocational goals, and more
  • goal-setting support.

Who is eligible?

This service is available to people of all ages who:

  • have a diagnosed mental illness that is severe and episodic in nature
  • have an associated level of reduced psychosocial functional capacity as measured using the Life Skills Profile 16 (LSP-16).

Where is it available?

This service is available statewide.

Who can make a referral?

Referrals can be made by the person, or appropriate primary care providers including GPs, mental health nurses, psychiatrist, psychologists and mental health counsellors.

How much does it cost?

This is an Australian Government-funded service that is provided free to eligible people.

I need help now. Where should I go?

Please note: Primary Health Tasmania does not deliver health services or crisis/emergency support. 

Your regular doctor should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care.

  • In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police
  • For information about health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, go to: or call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Mental Health Services Helpline 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (after hours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26.

Who provides the service?

  • Baptcare
    1800 290 666 or 6283 5700