We are excited to partner with PeopleSense by Altius to offer a mental health support service to all students supported by CEF in 2023.
We value the emotional support that our volunteers give to students in their local community, and we have listened and understood that sometimes you would like to be able to offer more.
Why are we offering this program?
The mental health of young people in Australia continues to be a concern, with rates of diagnosed mental health conditions and significant psychological distress rising, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year we shared the experiences of our CEF students and in July 2022, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest findings of the National Study of Health and Wellbeing, which include:
- Almost two in five people (39.6%) aged 16-24 years had mental disorder in the last 12 months
- Almost half (46.6%) the females aged 16-24 years and almost one third (31.2%) of males aged 16-24 years had a mental disorder in the last 12 months
- People aged 16-24 years had the highest rates Substance Use disorders in the last 12 months
- One in five (20.0%) people aged 16-34 years experienced high or very high levels of psychological distress
- Between 1/4 and 1/3 of people aged 16-34 years old did not or only partially had their need for counselling met
This is why we are offering a support program.
Not only will it provide an initial point of contact for professional assistance, it will help facilitate access and referral to appropriate ongoing support, ensuring our youth get the support they need to succeed after school.
What is on offer and who is eligible?
Through the assistance program, currently supported CEF recipients will have access to one free session. A student will need to identify themselves as a CEF recipient and the foundation supporting them to confirm eligibility.
- Assistance is available to all CEF students
- One session is covered per student per twelve-month period by CEF
- If further sessions are required, the Altius Group psychologist will facilitate referral to a GP for a Mental Health Treatment Plan with the same psychologist, or one of the students choice.
1300 307 912
any time – 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
What is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
Traditionally, the EAP is an external psychological treatment and support service that employers offer to their employees and family members.
What is a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP)?
A Mental Health Treatment Plan (previously known as a ‘mental health care plan’) is a plan for people with a mental health disorder. If you have mental health issues, your doctor can write a plan for you.
The plan can include Medicare rebates for up to 10 counselling sessions per calendar year.
The plan identifies what type of health care you need and spells out what you and your doctor have agreed you are aiming to achieve. It may also refer you to local mental health services.
You can read more about Mental Health Treatment Plans on the Health Direct website.