All mental health consumers are welcome to participate. You do not need to be a current client of the mental health service or have a Care Coordinator.
The program is designed for people over the age of 18 years.
Anyone can refer to the Consumer Participation Service, eg. consumers, GPs, clinicians, family and carers. Referrals can be made by telephone or in person to the team member from the Consumer Participation Service when they are visiting the inpatient unit or community health centre.
The Consumer Participation Service does not provide a clinical mental health service, or an emergency mental health service. There are several options to access urgent mental health care:
Ring the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511. This line is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be able to speak with a clinician who can provide recommendations about how to manage the situation or put you in contact with the appropriate mental health team.
In urgent cases you can attend the Emergency Department at Royal North Shore Hospital where there is 24 hour access to specialist mental health care and support.
If the situation is urgent or becoming dangerous ring Triple Zero (000) and request ambulance and/or police. They will be able to assist the person safely to the hospital Emergency Department to access mental health care.