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Closure of Rainbow

The Mental Health Foundation ACT has been providing mental health support services to the Canberra community over the past 31 years. During this time MHF has provided psychosocial, outreach and supported accommodation services. The environment in which MHF is currently providing services is changing rapidly. The Rainbow, a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program, has provided a place for people living with mental illness in the ACT to participate in social activities and build friendships under a structured and safe environment, free from harassment and stigma.

In the current environment “It is with profound regret that I announce that The Rainbow psychosocial service cannot be maintained at this point in time. This is a decision that our Board has not taken lightly. Since the Foundation commenced The Rainbow, funding models have changed. More recently, the transition to the NDIS has been too slow, which has had an adverse impact on the sustainability of The Rainbow,” said Ms Angela Ingram, Executive Officer for the Foundation.

The participants were involved in the setting up of the Rainbow service and have continued to support the program. “We have notified all participants in The Rainbow program of this decision, and we are working with them to make sure that their needs continue to be met. This is in keeping with our ethos of walking with them on their journey to recovery,” explained Ms Ingram.

The Foundation’s Board is actively looking for ways to do psychosocial inclusion work as part of other approaches to service delivery. For example, computer literacy classes and cooking and nutrition groups may be offered through one of the Foundation’s other programs.

“All affected staff have been given the news of the closure and are being supported through the process. We are discussing their options with them, which may include moving into other program areas,” said Ms Ingram.

The Mental Health Foundation ACT vision is Creating Hope, People First, Better Mental Health and is realised through the Foundation’s innovative, quality services that provide people with choice and control in meeting their individual mental health needs. This remains the focus of MHF and MHF will continue to meet its mission to assist people to have choice and control to meet a necessary need.

Rainbow's last day of operations will be Thursday 22 December 2016.

Upcoming events


Mon Dec 12 @11:30AM - 12:30PM
Art & Craft Wellbeing Group
Mon Dec 12 @ 2:30PM - 03:30PM
Exercise Group
Tue Dec 13 @11:30AM - 01:00PM
Cooking and Nutrition Group
Tue Dec 13 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Music singalong with Chris Van Reyk
Wed Dec 14 @ 1:30PM - 02:30PM
Art & Craft Wellbeing Group
Thu Dec 15 @11:30AM - 01:00PM
Cooking and Nutrition Group
Thu Dec 15 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Exercise Group
Fri Dec 16 @12:15PM -
Sausage Sizzle Lunch