Welcome to the website of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) Mental Health Service.
The SESLHD Mental Health Service is a publicly funded specialised clinical service, serving a local population of over 930,000 residents in the eastern and south eastern suburbs of the Sydney metropolitan area. Our services are geographically networked in the north (Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Service) and the south (St George and Sutherland Mental Health Service) and provided within both hospital and community settings.
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the SESLHD Mental Health Service remains committed to providing an inclusive and responsive service, by creating targeted initiatives in collaboration with partnerships developed specifically for consumers who have complex and additional needs which may not be met within routine mental health services. We continue to provide services that are tailored across the age spectrum, and provide other specialised services to meet the unique needs of our local community.
The Mental Health Service recently engaged with inpatients and community consumers to ask if they had any concerns relating to operational changes due to COVID-19. An information session with myself and two members of the Mental Health Service’s Senior Executive is available. You can watch this information session here. If you have any questions you would like addressed in a future recording, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure everyone’s wellbeing, some changes have been made to our Inpatient Service (including visiting consumers of the inpatient service) and our Community Mental Health Service. To find out more about these changes please click the link for the Fact Sheet for Inpatient Services during COVID-19 and the link for the Fact Sheet for Community Mental Health Services during COVID-19.
In our most recent Service update, I’m joined by Dr Claire Gaskin to discuss the leave and visitor policy during COVID-19 as well as how the MHS is integrating Telehealth as part of our Service delivery. Telehealth presents our Service with a valuable opportunity to deliver healthcare from a distance to our consumers, particularly with the impact of COVID-19 on the health system. Please contact your Care Coordinator to discuss if Telehealth is suitable option for you.
Recently, the Manager of the Recovery and Wellbeing College and I recorded an information session to update you on the way COVID-19 has changed the College’s service delivery including the use of technology to conduct online groups and workshops. You can watch this recording here. The College are updating their Facebook page regularly to provide you with information on self-care, staying healthy and making informed choices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SESLHD Mental Health Service has also compiled a Fact Sheet of other local Mental Health Services that may be beneficial to our consumers and their carers. The services listed are available in multiple languages and/or they have a tailored approach to supporting diverse communities.
NSW Health have also produced a document titled “Look after your mental health during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic” which provides seven-steps to self-care during COVID-19. They have also published a document that lists websites that have a mixture of self-guided mental health resources and programs as well as one-on-one connection to professionals through webchat, online counselling and phone services.
We continue to empower our clinicians, staff and consumers along with our academic and community partners to harness their collective power, challenge the status quo, impact system change and to positively influence the evolution of the mental health system.
Mental Health Service
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District