St John of God (Social Outreach)

St John of God Social Outreach, part of St John of God Health Care, provides free or low cost services to members of the community who are vulnerable and marginalised by their health or social circumstances. The services focus on intervention and capacity building to help individuals live a fuller life and include community mental health services, youth and accommodation services and specialised support for parents and families affected by stress, anxiety and depression during the perinatal period (before, during and after pregnancy).

Email:
socialoutreach@sjog.org.au

Website:
www.sjog.org.au/socialoutreach

Facebook:
St John of God Social Outreach

  • Community mental health

    Our community mental health services provide ongoing support and treatment to people with mental health issues. 

    Care is provided in a community setting, outside of a hospital, to help you address your mental health issues or challenges you face in your everyday life.

    You may seek out our services to address a specific issue such as addiction or perinatal depression or for care for your ongoing mental health.

    You can access some of our services by self-referral, for others you will need a referral from your general practitioner (GP) or other health practitioner.

    Our community mental health services can be accessed through:

    Pomegranate House – community psychology service in Ballarat, Victoria

    Raphael Services – specialist mental health care for mums, dads and families affected by perinatal anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

    Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN) – support to help you reduce or stop substance use by providing care and support at home.

  • Counselling

    Counsellors do not tell you what to do, make decisions for you or give advice. They listen and work with you to clarify the issue and explore options or strategies for dealing with the situation. 

    We offer counselling for a range of situations, to support you to address your problems and return to an active, healthy and rewarding life.

    Our counselling services

    Our counselling services are delivered by experienced counsellors, mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and other mental health professionals in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

    We offer holistic, professional and compassionate care tailored to your needs.

    Our community mental health services can be accessed through:

    Pomegranate House – community psychology service in Ballarat, Victoria

    Raphael Services – specialist mental health care for mums, dads and families affected by perinatal anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

    Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN) – support to help you reduce or stop substance use by providing care and support at home.

  • Pomegranate House

    We offer psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, families and children from low income and disadvantaged households in the Grampians region. 

    Psychotherapy is a treatment to help you change or overcome problems and challenges by talking openly about your concerns to an objective and non-judgemental therapist and actively work toward change.

    We provide a wide range of approaches and assess your needs to tailor care to meet your goals. We offer individual psychotherapy, child-focused parent psychotherapy and group treatment programs.

    We help you understand the problems you are experiencing by providing support to find your own solutions to challenges. This may include providing you information and enhancing your existing skills and/or offering alternative strategies for you to consider. We do not provide advice.

    We provide psychotherapy for adults, young adults, children and their families, with marginalised and low income households (usually below $60,000 per annum) given priority.

    We charge a low contribution fee which is based on your income, to discuss:

    Tel: (03) 5320 2260.

    If you have a mental health treatment plan provided by your general practitioner (GP) you may be eligible for Medicare rebates.

    We accept referrals from individuals, parents and guardians of children, GPs and community organisations.

    All referrals are discussed by our psychotherapists to determine if our services are appropriate for you. If it is deemed that our service is not the most appropriate we will support you, as best possible, to connect with a more suitable service.

    Street address:

    105 Webster Street

    Ballarat 3350

    Postal address:

    PO Box 20

    Ballarat 3353

    Fax: (03) 5331 8455

    Email: pomegranatehouse.ballarat@sjog.org.au

  • Mental health and therapy

    Our mental health services treat a wide range of mental health illnesses or conditions.

  • Volunteers

    Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting our hospital and providing first-class service to our patients, their families and volunteers. 

    Volunteer roles include:

    cafe assistant

    ward support

    Emergency Department

    meet and greet

    gift shop

    rehabilitation assistant

    visiting services – kiosk, library and flowers

    fundraising activities.

    We provide our volunteers with orientation and regular training, and personal development and socialisation opportunities.

    To learn about our current volunteer vacancies or if you want any more information, please contact:

    Eunice Reynolds

    Manager Volunteer Services

    Tel: (03) 5320 2395