Oh how far we’ve come
Neami’s story began in 1986. We were founded by two passionate people in Melbourne’s inner north, John Cohen and Margaret Tomkins. Neami was established to address the growing housing needs of people leaving hospital and fill in the gaps in services for people experiencing mental health challenges.
As we approach our 40th year, we can reflect on the huge changes we’ve seen in the sector. Research has helped us improve the way we support people. People’s attitudes have changed about mental health and governments have changed their policies.
With each of these changes, Neami has grown, improved and expanded. From working with people who were leaving institutional care in Melbourne’s inner north, to now offering more than 75 services across the nation. These include mental health and wellbeing supports, and housing and suicide prevention services.
One of the best things about our growth over nearly 40 years is that we now have a bold and respected voice. We advocate for policy and funding changes which listen to lived and living experience, and offer people more choice in their care.
We will keep working hard, changing and improving, to help people have a better quality of life.
Recognising a need
An integral service
The need for more community services grew. The Alliance transitioned from small community agency to major provider of rehabilitation and support services in Melbourne’s north.
Now with eight staff, Neami provided housing, rehabilitation and support programs to people living in Darebin.
Neami expands nationally
Secured funding through the NSW Government’s Housing Accommodation and Support Initiative. Grows to 10 services in the state.
Continuous growth and collaboration
In Victoria, the Prevention and Recovery Care facility opened. And two new programs commenced called Intensive Home-Based Outreach and Care Coordination.
The Housing and Accommodation Support Partnership funded five new sites in SA.
The Aboriginal Assertive Outreach Service commences. Helping homeless Aboriginal people in Sydney’s metro and coastal region.
Crisis Respite Service starts in SA. This reduces the need for people to stay in hospital.
Most Neami teams now include someone with lived and living experience, who knows what it’s like to have mental health challenges or be homeless.
Name changed to Neami National. New logo and brand identity.
Lead agency for Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery.
After 20 years, Neami Splash Arts Studio closes.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Australia (‘Me Well’), established as our NDIS provider.
Refine and streamline
Neami helps 38,000 people in Australia through 70+ programs and services.
Launched a brand refresh including new website.
Founded in 1986, we have grown to a 1500+ strong team supporting 38,000 people living with mental health challenges across Australia.
We walk alongside people to help improve their quality of life, on their terms.