What Is It?
- A mental health service for people who are living with a mental illness.
- The goal is to address quality of life issues to assist the person to live and function independently in his/her community.
- The service recognizes that individuals diagnosed with an illness have strengths and skills. With support, they are able to meet the challenges that face them in everyday life.
The program includes:
1. Individual Community Support:
A staff member of Community Support Service will provide case management services and work with the individual in the community. The individual identifies his/her needs and goals and the assigned Community Support Staff member provides supportive counselling and assistance in achieving them. Goals/needs may include:
- Systems Navigation
- Activities of daily living
The Community Support Service Staff member works with the individual and community service providers and medical or therapy caregivers to ensure needs are addressed.
2. Drop In:
A supportive community-based social/leisure/recreational program. It is open to persons previously or currently involved in Mental Health Services. The participants meet weekly, and are encouraged to take an active part in all aspects of planning and development of activities. Participants are not necessarily clients of the (individual) Community Support Service.
Drop In Locations:
Liverpool: Regular Drop-In will be Mondays, 1-2:30 pm
Lunenburg Drop-In: Every Wednesday, starting on November 6th, 1-3 pm,
3. The Addictions Wellness Clinic
An open-access, same-day service for anyone affected by addictions. Counselling, support and education is available for addicted persons and for their families, and for clients not requiring Withdrawal Management. Hours for Wellness are from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, 7 days a week at Fisherman’s Memorial Hospital. There is no waitlist for Wellness.
The individual recognizes his/her need for the service and is a willing participant.
How to Get Service
The individual can contact Mental Health and Addictions (543-5400). This is a specialized service, an addition to your treatment team, Psychiatrist and/or Therapist. Ask a member of your team if this would be an appropriate referral. Upon receiving the referral, the assigned Community Support Service staff member will meet with the person for an initial interview and needs assessment.