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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Bendigo

Mind Australia
  • Make a difference to the lives of clients experiencing suicidal crisis by building capacity and providing holistic outreach support
  • Fixed term 12 month role | Part time 23 hours/week
  • Bendigo Location

Mind Australia is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers with a range of residential, mobile outreach, centre based and online services. We have been supporting people living with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for over 40 years.

We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. It’s an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life. Mind is committed to diversity and social inclusion.

About the role

The Way Back Support Service (WBSS) is a non-clinical support service focused on providing practical psychosocial support to people experiencing a suicidal crisis or who have attempted suicide. The service supports ‘at risk’ clients to stay safe, build capacity to self-manage distress, improve mental wellbeing, and promotes links with support networks as well as clinical and community services to meet needs.

We are seeking a resilient, compassionate Community Mental Health Practitioner for a 12 month fixed term, part time (23 hours per week) opportunity to work within a close knit team in the Bendigo area. You will be responsible for providing recovery-orientated outreach services, non-clinical care and psychosocial support to clients following a suicide attempt or suicidal crisis to ultimately reduce the risk of reattempts.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver high quality outreach services and facilitate positive educational and social experiences.
  • Support clients to their reinstate wellbeing and remain in their community after suicidal crisis through recovery-orientated frameworks.
  • Provide information and mentoring to clients to establish connections with families and carers, create networks and gain access to relevant services.
  • Collaborate with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to client’s recovery goals.

What you’ll bring

  • Tertiary qualifications (minimum Certificate IV) in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or other health-related field.
  • Expertise in working with people with mental health issues, suicidal ideations and attempt, complex needs and interacting with families and carers.
  • Proven capability to implement therapeutic, recovery oriented frameworks and practices including risk mitigation, trauma informed care and family inclusive practice.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Community Services sector and ability to build strong relationships with service providers, clinical teams and key stakeholders.


  • Attractive Not For Profit Salary Packaging benefits up to $15,900pa.
  • Flexible work arrangements to suit your lifestyle!
  • Learning, development and career opportunities.


To obtain a position description and apply online click Apply Now to visit Jobs@Mind - reference number 15226.

Mind strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with a lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery, and applicants from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds. The successful applicant is required to complete comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check, NDIS Workers Screening Check and the ability to obtain vaccinations against COVID-19.

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