We are a mental health recovery program supporting people typically aged between 18 and 35 (up to 64), whose ability to manage daily activities and to live independently in the community has been seriously affected by mental health issues.
New Path is an early intervention service, which means that we work with people to tackle serious mental health challenges before they become a long term problem. There are many examples of such challenges: some might include people experiencing a first episode of psychosis; new mothers with severe depression after the birth of a child; or people experiencing severe anxiety trying to navigate the mental health system for the first time. With the right kind of support any mental illness can be faced.
To do so, New Path focuses on people’s strengths – on what people with mental health issues can do, rather on what they can’t. And we have a strong recovery focus to demonstrate that people with mental illness, given the right support at the right time, can have the same opportunities as other people. Whatever your experience, we aim to assist you towards greater self-reliance and independence from the mental health system and to lead a fulfilled life in your community.
Who can participate in the New Path Service?
· People typically, between the ages of 18-35 years and up to 64
· People living, working or studying in the ACT
· People not eligible for the NDIS
Potential participants do not need to have a formal clinical diagnosis of a severe mental illness to be able to access the program. Evidence may be sought from GPs, a psychologist/counsellor or specialist mental health service to assist with confirming eligibility.