Building skills for independent living

The program that supports Lavender is helping many other people to build their skills to live independently and safely in the community. Through our partnerships with Victorian hospitals, people with severe mental ill-health and associated functional impairment receive an individualised program of recovery to help them live a full and meaningful life.

Participants, who are not currently on the NDIS or are having trouble accessing the scheme, are referred by the clinical treatment team at their health service to this program, called the Early Intervention Psychosocial Support Response (EIPSR). Through this 12 month program, we help people find and maintain suitable housing, build resilience and coping skills, prepare to return to work or study, improve their relationships, and have fun and connect with other people.

"Our teams across Victoria consist of people from different cultural backgrounds, educational qualifications, and lived experience perspectives," Mind’s Service Manager Sally Kyriakopoulos, explains.

"Staff are qualified occupational therapists, counsellors and psychologists, and have worked in a range of settings including NDIS, homelessness, alcohol and other drugs and mental health."

“Every team member is individual in their engagement and approach to working with people and we encourage them to find their own style to best support the client.”

Often people with mental ill-health can’t access the supports they need to get better because they live too far away, can’t access transport or they can’t motivate themselves to reach out. Mind has provided its teams with the resources to operate as a mobile workforce so they can provide support in these situations.

These services, funded through the hospital and healthcare networks as part of the EIPSR program provide a multi-skilled team who help people improve their daily living skills in the comfort of a familiar environment where they feel safe and secure. Whether it’s learning to cook dinner, do a load of washing or how to clean the bathroom properly, clients build skills and explore ideas for personal growth. They are also supported to connect with and become an active member of their broader community.