Mental Health Programs
Catherine House offers two mental health programs,
both offering accommodation and support services to women
living with mental health issues
The Catherine House Recovery Program has been operating since 2003
and was the first dedicated mental health homelessness service
for women in South Australia.
The program provides supported accommodation to women 18 years and older who are currently experiencing homelessness and are living with a diagnosed mental health condition. The service operates 24/7 and can accommodate up to 12 women at a time. Seven of the women live in a communal residential setting with an additional five women in single-living independent accommodation located near by.
The Recovery Program operates within a psycho-social framework of service based on recovery and rehabilitation principles.
Each woman is provided with a case worker who assists the client to identify goals they want to achieve. These include:
Improving mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing.
Building confidence, capability and decision making skills.
Developing life skills – budgeting, finance, paying bills – all the independant living skills needed to maintain a tenancy or home.
Education and employment – identifying current skills and knowledge and planning further development or employment or volunteer goals.
Social and community inclusion and participation – identifying and building purpose and meaning.
Other personal goals.
When you enter the Recovery Program you are assigned a Case Worker to help you sort out your life. They help you to piece your life back together, assisting with phone calls, going to appointments and decision making. The Case Workers and the rest of the staff not only advocate for you, but also nurture and celebrate every little achievement.
They are persistent in a very kind and gentle way. So, before you know it you have your affairs sorted and a support network which, in turn, gives you the space to breathe and focus on your issues.
There is a Women’s Centre attached to Catherine House and they have a variety of fantastic short life skill courses to help you get back on track and build confidence. I attended two such courses there, ‘My Time’ and ‘Live your Best Life’. Both courses helped me to build confidence and realise what skills I already had to build on. In short, it all adds up to the perfect environment to heal, and heal I did, very slowly but surely.
Tess – Catherine House Client
Permanent Supported Accommodation Program
The Permanent Supported Accommodation Program is home to 12 clients. Opened in February 2009, the program provides congregate living for women who have experienced long term chronic mental illness, significant periods of institutional living and homelessness.
This service is staffed 24/7.
Since October 2019, clients in this program are supported by NDIS funding.
Services offered include:
Assistance with individualised daily activities to live well with as much autonomy as possible.
Support to engage with relevant health and other professionals.
Assistance with engaging in community, social and recreational activities.
Assistance to achieve clients NDIS goals, which include capacity building.
The Permanent Supported Accommodation Program (PSAP) offers a safe, friendly and comfortable environment, with access 24/7 to wonderful caring staff who are always available to have a chat or help.
The staff regularly request feedback and take our input seriously, which makes me feel listened to and cared for on all levels.
The program offers great food, access to daily essentials, our own bedrooms with a TV and bathroom, and a social environment. The staff help us with managing the NDIS and accessing activities in the community and working towards our goals.
Emma and Sandra – Clients