App improves access to mental health services in Macarthur

Navigating the complicated waters of local mental health services is now easier than ever thanks to the launch of a new app.

The Recovery Point app, developed by the South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (PHN) and One Door Mental Health, gathers information about local mental health service providers in one convenient place.

Mental health advocate, and founder of mental health support group Beautiful Minds, Sandra McDonald said this app was a step in the right direction.

“Recovery Point is the way forward,” she said.

“It’s where the young people are, it’s what they’re all about and how they live.

“They’ve put this information together in the best way for young people to access it.”

Mrs McDonald, who was instrumental in improving recreation conditions at one of Campbelltown’s acute mental health units, said it was incredibly important for people battling mental health issues, especially young people, to know what services were available.

“For many reasons, mental health services are fragmented,” she said.

“It so wonderful that PHN has brought them all together and categorised them in one site like this.

“It’s also incredibly up-to-date and will be updated practically daily.

“There’s nothing worse than going to a site and finding the information is outdated, so that’s another really great aspect of Recovery Point.”

The app is designed not just for those going through mental health issues, but also their families, friends and colleagues.

It also includes details of common mental illnesses, different mental health professionals and how to access them, emergency and crisis support points, helplines, counselling services, self-help tools and more.

The map collates its information in an interactive map and has the function to ‘save’ listings.

PHN chief executive Keith McDonald said the app provided a one-stop-shop for mental health information and support.

“A key feature of the app is a comprehensive directory of local programs and services available across south-western Sydney,” Mr McDonald said.

“The app provides access for those seeking mental health assistance and advice in their own time, when they need it most.”

The Recovery Point app is now available to download for free through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

For more information visit recoverypoint.org.au or search ‘Recovery Point App’ on Facebook.