Funded by the WA Mental Health Commission and delivered in partnership with the WA Country Health Service and Hope Community Services, the Geraldton and Kalgoorlie Step Up/Step Down services provide short-term residential mental health support for people who are either becoming unwell and at risk of being admitted to hospital (‘step up’ support) or leaving hospital but in need of extra support to transition back into the community (‘step down’ support).
The 10-bed purpose-built facilities were designed by architects Whitehaus (Geraldton) and Iredale Pedersen Hook (Kalgoorlie) to provide safe and welcoming spaces which help reduce distress and promote recovery. On-site amenities include a bush tucker and vegetable garden, recreation room for crafts and games, communal and quiet areas, outdoor BBQ, and netball/basketball court. Individual units all include laundry facilities and ensuite bathrooms. Each centre offers 24-hour support.
Residents will have access to a range of group and individual programs to build their confidence and skills, develop a sense of meaning and purpose, identify personal goals, and develop their own wellbeing plan.
The Geraldton Step Up/Step Down Service is now accepting referrals. Visit the service page for more information.
The Kalgoorlie Step Up/Step Down Service will start accepting referrals on 25 February 2021. Visit the service page for more information.
Together with the Albany Step Up/Step Down and Joondalup Step Up/Step Down services, Neami now operates four Step Up/Step Down services in Western Australia.