Child & Youth Services

Family Mental Health Support Services (FMHSS)


FMHSS program provides early intervention support to assist vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs or developing or are at risk of developing or being affected by mental illness. 


FMHSS program supports parents to reduce stress and enable young people to reach their potential in their community by providing non-clinical support and strengthen the protective factors in their lives. 

FMHSS aims to improve children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing and work with families and carers to build their capacity to better manage and support aspects of children and young people’s lives.  To build community understanding and capacity to better respond to mental health issues that affect children and young people.  FMHSS will have a primary focus on children and young people while working with them in a whole family context.  

Target Group:

FMHSS provides flexible and responsive options for children and young people up to the age of 18yrs and their families and or carers who maybe affected by a mental illness.

What does FMHSS program do?  

  • Short-term immediate assistance
  • Intensive and or long-term early intervention
  • Assessment and identification of individual and family needs
  • Referral to other support services or programs
  • Practical assistance and home-based support
  • Advocacy and linking with other relevant services
  • Targeted therapeutic group work in the community.

Other FMHSS activities may include;

  • Community outreach activities
  • Mental health education and community development
  • Organisation of and participation in community events and
  • General targeted group activities in the community.

How can the FMHSS program be accessed?

FMHSS program will accept referrals of children and young people from any source, including self-referrals, and conduct an initial brief assessment of needs and screening process to ensure Family Mental Health Support Services is the appropriate service for them. A formal diagnosis of mental illness is not required to access FMHSS support.

For further information about FMHSS or to enquiry about how to access the program;

Contact Bridges Health and Community Care on: 1300 707 655