The two new services are being delivered as part of the interim recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

The Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement service – or HOPE – is a follow-up and aftercare service for people who attend a hospital in crisis or following a suicide attempt.

The HOPE service provides a 12-week program of clinical and social support tailored to individuals and their support networks including family, friends, carers, community cultural leaders and Elders.

The new Epping and Parkville services will be delivered by NorthWestern Mental Health, by teams based at the Northern Hospital and The Royal Melbourne Hospital respectively.

The services will support adults living in the Darebin, Whittlesea, Melbourne and Moonee Valley local government areas to receive individually tailored, culturally responsive care that promotes healing and recovery.

In its Interim Report, the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System recommended expanding the HOPE service from 12 to 21 areas throughout Victoria, extending its service hours and referral pathways, and developing a new HOPE service for children and young people.

The Royal Commission’s Final Report will be tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 2 March 2021.