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Way Back moves forward

Way BackChair of Beyond Blue, Julia Gillard, visited Woden Community Service’s Way Back mental health service this month to promote the national roll out of the service as part of World Prevention of Suicide events.

Way Back is a community mental health service offered by Woden Community Service that works with people who have just experienced a suicide attempt and are discharged from hospital.

In this service a community-based Support Coordinator provides three months of non-clinical and practical support.

Way Back is an initiative of Beyond Blue and WCS was one of three trial sites that developed this model of service. From commencing client intake in November 2016 and to June 2019 WCS has received 470 referrals of which 80% of people engaged with WCS for an average of 60 days.

The program is now being rolled out nationally after the Federal Government committed funding for the service and as State and Territory governments match the commitment. Gillard visited WCS as part of the national promotion of the service and to encourage its take up in other States and Territories.

WCS has transitioned from the Beyond Blue trial and is continuing to offer the Way Back service through funding and support from ACT’s Capital Health Network (CHN).

You can read more about the service here:

If you or someone you know needs help, call:
Emergency on 000 (or 112 from a mobile phone)
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36 

Acknowledgement of Country

"Woden Community Service acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders past, present and future."