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Community based mental health - ages 16+

Bridges provides community-based mental health (CBMH) services that include both advocacy and practical support to access services to address both psychological and social needs, such as housing, and linking in with employment providers.  People who identify with moderate to severe mental illness and complex needs are eligible for these services.

What we offer

We will help you identify your unique recovery goals and create an agreed recovery plan.


Bridges approach

Bridges focuses on what you need to help you when you’re not feeling well or are experiencing barriers in your life and are seeking additional support.

We work alongside people who identify as having a mental illness. Such condition may be, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, and/or personality disorders.

We also support those with mental ill-health without a diagnosis who experience barriers, issues, or have adverse life events.

It is our role to help you identify what you need to lead a productive health and fulfilling life. These are determined by you, not us. We capture this in your recovery plan to track progress and build your capacity and connection to your community.


Our service

Our commitment is to work alongside you to build your confidence and access the resources and supports that you need, providing varying levels of support where and when required.

Our community-based mental health team comprises of professionally trained and qualified mental health professionals.

We offer short term interventions and assistance and longer-term support where required. Our services are voluntary, and individually tailored to suit your needs.

To accommodate, there are three programs that our clients will be referred into:

  • Individual Recovery Support Program (IRSP)

  • Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program (CPS)

Bridges ‘No Wrong Door’ policy means we will link you in with our other specialist services such as our drug and alcohol treatment service if this is an issue for you.


Referrals & fees

Bridges adult mental health team receives referrals into the respective program from various agencies. These include:

Commonwealth Psychosocial Support Program (CPS) receives referrals from:

  • The Primary Health Network (PHN)

  • Government and non-government services, GP’s carers etc but must have your consent to refer to us.

  • You, as a person who chooses to self-refer

Individual Recovery Support Program (IRSP) can only receive referrals from our local Hospital and Health Service (HHS).

Clients who engage in these Bridges services do not need to pay any fee.

To start your journey, contact our team about the Bridges mental health services. Ph: 1300 707 655


Where Bridges community-based mental health services are delivered

Our community-based mental health services and programs are available in the following Queensland locations.

  • Bundaberg Region: Bundaberg, Childers, Gin Gin

  • Burnett Region: Gayndah, with outreach to the North Burnett: Mundubbera and Monto

  • Fraser Coast Region: Maryborough, Hervey Bay

  • Central Queensland Region: Gladstone, Rockhampton


Funding acknowledgement

The Bridges Community-Based Mental Health Services receives funds from Queensland Health Mental Health & Specialised Services Branch and the Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN.

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