Baptist Care SA has expanded its mental health support services through a new partnership with SANE Australia.
SANE Forums, widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading online mental health peer support services, have been integrated into the Baptist Care SA website to give people a safe and anonymous online space to connect and share experiences about mental health concerns.
Baptist Care SA CEO Graham Brown says the SANE Forums are designed for individuals, families, friends and carers wanting to discuss or ask questions about mental health.
“We’ve worked closely with SANE Australia and are pleased to help them expand their network of SANE Forums through the Baptist Care SA website,” said Mr Brown.
“The Forums serve as a welcoming and caring peer support community, particularly for those who are geographically or socially isolated.”
The SANE Forums are monitored 24/7 by mental health professionals, allowing people to talk openly with others about their challenges and experiences, offer support and insight, and share other helpful resources.
SANE Australia CEO Jack Heath says by working together the mental health sector can achieve better outcomes for those affected by mental illness.
“SANE has partnerships with 67 mental health organisations to help further the reach of our online forums. Each new partnership allows the forums to connect more people affected by mental illness with others who understand what they’re going through,” he said.
“The forums launched in 2014 and thanks to the power of technology we’ve reached more than 600,000 people, many of those in rural and regional Australia where mental health services can be fewer.
“Online mental health services are proving both effective and cost-efficient, not to mention empowering for contributors. The forums also provide greater reach and accessibility and can therefore potentially help many more Australians.”
The compassionate and positive nature of the SANE Forums provides many benefits, including normalising help-seeking behaviours and feeling less alone. For those already seeking professional help, the Forums also provide a supplementary place of ongoing peer support and reassurance.
The SANE Forums service is supported by the Australian Government.