Since 1912, Open Minds has been committed to initiatives that enhance people's mental health and wellbeing.
At the heart of what we do is a commitment to working alongside individuals and focusing on their strengths to enable personal achievement and recovery. Our initiatives are all focused on supporting people living with an acquired brain injury, disability or mental illness to live a life of recovery and independance.
Low Intensity Mental Health Services
We provide low intensity mental health services as an early intervention solution, for people who have mild depression and/or anxiety. Our service model utilises a combination of evidence-based interventions to help you better understand your illness and learn to cope. This service is available to those living in the Lockyer Valley or Ipswich areas, are aged over 18 years old, and who have mild depression or anxiety. This is a free service and no formal referral is required - just get in touch with us today to refer yourself.
Open Minds in partnership with bric Housing proudly provides accommodation for individuals and families in the Redcliffe area who are transitioning into sustainable housing. bric provide tenancy and property management, whilst Open Minds offer support for the individuals living in the accommodation via a range of services. Services include: assistance to find employment, community engagement, education, health and wellbeing initiatives and wraparound services including direct support. The program is reaching identified goals of sustainable housing by building resilience, connecting people to a community of choice, and providing a suite of individualised, ﬂexible and tailored supports underpinned by client choices to enhance their journey to success
headspace supports young people who are going through a tough time. If you are aged 12-25 and you need someone to talk to, headspace will provide you with access to health advice, education and employment. Open Minds is the lead agency for headspace in both Redcliffe and Taringa.
Community Re-Entry Service Team (CREST) works within the Correctional Centre, Probation and Parole office in Townsville. We empower and support people in their re-entry into the community so that they can be successful on parole.
Support is available through three streams:
- Information/Referral: accessible to all clients within the Townsville Correctional Centre.
- Managed Stream: Queensland Corrective Services refer clients who will benefit from additional support through Case Management. On referral, The CREST Team will commence re-entry planning in custody and continue support for individuals for up to 3 months post release.
- Parole Support System: Queensland Corrective Services refer clients who are at risk of re-offending. Implementation of an intervention plan ensures people have access to the support they need to live in the community.
Housing and Support Initiative (HASI)
Having stable housing is a fundamental need for a persons' good mental health. Open Minds is partnered with the NSW Mental Health Service, Housing NSW, and other local NSW housing services to provide direct support to people with severe and chronic mental health conditions and housing needs. HASI is a recovery oriented program which aids a persons independence, resilience, and understanding about themselves and support their positive interactions within the community.
Partners in Recovery (PiR)
Partners in Recovery (PiR) aims to assist carers, families and individuals living with complex, persistent and severe mental illness, to receive a coordinated approach from services and supports they may need. We work with clinical supports and coordinate other services that may be required to ensure solid links between the various services an individual needs to maintain good health and wellbeing.
CLIC (Community Links in Caboolture) provides hospital diversion and community based support for those living with mental illness in the Caboolture area. The objective is to increase independence, improve functionality, community access and participation, and to strengthen resilience.
chime (Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaningfulness and Empowerment) provides community based support to increase independence, improve functionality, community access and participation, and to strengthen resilience. The objective of chime is to provide hospital diversion, early discharge, and complex case management.
Wattle League Foundation
The Wattle League Foundation is the fundraising and philanthropic arm of Open Minds, an independent not-for-profit (NFP) organisation shaping and delivering contemporary mental health, employment and disability services. The Foundation's first project is to raise funds to establish Wattle House to provide supported transitional accommodation and support to returned ADF personnel experiencing mental ill health as a result of their service to our country.
Australian Mental Health College
The Australian Mental Health College (AMHC) is the education arm of Open Minds Australia, which celebrated its centenary in 2012. Our primary goal at AMHC is to support the overall aim of Open Minds – supporting people living in the community to live a life of choice, fulfilment and participation. We achieve this by providing people with the education and development that they need to support people living with a mental health issue.