Links are provided here for a range of community non government organisations (NGO’s) providing a range of useful services for patients with mental illness. From lifestyle programs, to enhanced community support, involvement in these programs could contribute to reduced risk of metabolic health complications.
SPECIFIC EXERCISE OR LIFESTYLE PROGRAMS:
YMCA “Brightside Program” – a specific lifestyle program for people in prodromal or remission stages of mental illness. Informational brochure linked here: https://www.ymcansw.org.au/what-we-do/community-programs/brightside
Local Gymnasium initiatives – Contact your local gym to see if they offer any programs or discounts for mental health consumers
Obesity Clinic – Westmead and RPAH hospitals conduct specific clinics for patients with BMI > 35
Westmead linked here: http://www.wslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Department-of-Diabetes-and-Endocrinology–Westmead-Hospital-/Outpatient-Services/Obesity-Service
GP NETWORKS: Each GP Network has GP Network meetings (usually monthly) where local GP’s meet for education and informational sessions. Each of these networks has a project development officer, who is a useful point of liaison. In addition, each network publishes a local newsletter – a useful place to send in a snippet about your service to promote shared care.
SCHIZOPHRENIA FELLOWSHIP: A number of supportive programs for consumers and carers, including the “eat well, move well, stay well program”. http://www.sfnsw.org.au/Services/Services-Recovery-Services/default.aspx
NSW CONSUMER ADVISORY GROUP (CAG) Links to key State and National organisations: http://www.nswcag.org.au/page/key_state__national_mental_health_organisations.html
ARAFMI NSW: Support and advocacy for families and friends of consumers with mental disorder: http://www.arafmi.org
MENTAL HEALTH COORDINATING COUNCIL:
Meet your neighbour: http://www.mhcc.org.au/sector-development/promoting-partnerships/meet-your-neighbour.aspx
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION NSW: Provide a Mental Health Support group network service. http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/