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Mental health is not only the absence of a mental disorder. The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and are able to make a contribution to their community.
Mental illness can affect the lives of many people in our community, their families and friends.
Men, women and children of all ages and cultural backgrounds can experience mental health problems.
Mental health services aim to promote recovery from mental health problems and promote good mental health.
SWMML works with local hospitals, allied health professionals, community health and other organisations providing mental health services, to improve access to and communication between healthcare professionals.
As a Medicare Local, SWMML also acts as the fund holder for the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program. This program provides mental health services to those that are disadvantaged, on low incomes and not able to access other mental health services.
SWMML contracts allied health professionals to provide ATAPS services including psychologists, mental health social workers, mental health nurses and mental health occupational therapists.
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