MHACA offers a range of services which aim to promote recovery and facilitate wellness for people living with mental illness or going through mental distress.

Pathways To Recovery is a program of MHACA and can provide one on one support to individuals to develop a recovery plan and to achieve goals through supported skills development.

A range of therapeutic group activities are available which are focused on educational pursuits, personal development, living skills and include recreational outings.

The Drop-in Centre at MHACA is a welcoming space with comfy lounges, internet access, laundry and bathroom facilities and provides opportunities to socialise with others.

Pathways To Recovery provides services to community members with and without a NDIS Plan.

Participants must have a diagnosed mental illness to access MHACA services. Referrals are accepted from GP’s, service providers or people can self refer. Download the MHACA Referral Form and to book an intake interview call 8950 4600 or email

The aims of the Pathways program are to:

  • Support people with severe and persistent mental illness who experience social isolation
  • Increase the ability of people with mental illness or mental distress to participate in social, recreational and educational activities
  • Assist people with mental illness or mental distress to improve their quality of life and live successfully in the community by developing new skills and/or re-learning old skills, developing social networks, participating in community activities, developing confidence and accomplishing personal goals

Download the Pathways to Recovery Flyer here

Hearing Voices is a weekly support group at MHACA for voice hearers or people who have intrusive thoughts.

What is recovery?

Recovery is a fundamental principle underpinning all of MHACA’s programs and services.

Patricia Deegan reflecting on her own recovery states:

“…recovery does not mean cure. Rather recovery is an attitude, a stance, and a way of approaching the day’s challenges. It is not a perfectly linear journey. There are times of rapid gains and disappointing relapses. There are times of just living, just staying quiet, resting and regrouping. Each person’s journey of recovery is unique.”

in Recovery, A journey of the Heart 1996, in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 19, No 3

The links below provide an overview of the principles and practice of recovery which underpin our work.

National framework for recovery oriented practice
A national framework for recovery-oriented mental health services by the Australian Government