‘A new chapter of mental health’: meet the general manager at the helm of western Sydney’s Mental Health Services

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) welcomes Jason Sevil as WSLHD General Manager of Mental Health Services, to usher in a new chapter of mental health care across the western Sydney community.

Drawn to the simple act of sitting down and engaging in meaningful conversations with patients, Jason has spent nearly three decades working across various aspects of health care in clinical, operational and leadership roles.

This extends from acute care, intensive care, neuro-disability, rehabilitation, case management, assertive outreach, and forensic mental health, not only throughout the metro Sydney area, but also internationally in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, and The Republic of Ireland.

Jason entered his career into health in 1996 as a registered nurse (RN) and it was a university tutor when on a clinical rotation who first encouraged Jason to consider a career in mental health.

Close to thirty years later his passion and desire to make a difference in the lives of those facing mental health challenges continues.

“I was drawn to connecting with people facing mental health challenges,” Jason said.

“This has led to incredible opportunities for me, to be available and help people when they are at their most vulnerable.”

Speaking to The Pulse on his role as WSLHD General Manager of Mental Health Services, Jason said:

“I am very proud to part of WSLHD and our Mental Health Services’ wonderful staff who support people across their lifespan with a range of mental illnesses and disorders.

“We look after specialist services relating to prevention through to early detection, early intervention, triage, assessment, acute and sub-acute care, and various levels of treatment and ongoing support in the community. All treatment is recovery orientated working in partnership with the consumer and carer.

“We have community mental health teams based at Parramatta, Merrylands, Auburn, Granville, Hills, and Blacktown. Our inpatient units are based in Westmead, Cumberland, and Blacktown hospitals.” 

Starting this new chapter after an extensive career across health care, Jason maintains it is the relationships forged with vulnerable patients that resonates with and inspires him the most. 

“For me it’s a very privileged position to be let in and afforded the opportunity to work with people. I get a great deal of satisfaction from it which has fuelled my career,” Jason said.

Building trust, respect, and openness are at the core of my therapeutic approach, enabling me to connect with individuals in some tricky situations on a profound level, even in the face of hardship.

Jason Sevil

This ethos is extended to Jason’s leadership of Mental Health Services with a strong focus on collaboration and transformational leadership, to enabling clinicians to deliver the most effective care while safeguarding their well-being.

“Staff who choose a career in mental health know it’s a special pathway, like no other, that is incredibly satisfying but not without challenges and its crucial to seek a balance involving self-care, supervision, seek mentorship, and non-work activities to for maintaining resilience.”

“As I embark on this new chapter in my career, I am driven by a sense of purpose and a commitment to making a difference. Together, with dedicated staff and supportive communities, I am positive that that we can navigate the challenges ahead and continue to foster a culture of compassion and excellence in mental health care.”

As the mental health landscape continues to evolve, Jason outlined his commitment to championing person-centred care. 

“It’s an exciting time for Mental Health. There are so many wonderful and innovative developments and opportunities for the staff and people of western Sydney.” 

I am really excited at the prospects that the new Integrated Mental Health Centre (IMHC) being built at the Westmead Health Precinct, and the new Mental Health Recovery building at Blacktown presents new opportunities to enhance mental health care in the community in order to meet the evolving needs of our wonderfully diverse community.

Jason Sevil

“In essence, mental health can be a tough gig, but it is rewarding, I’m very proud of our staff and what we can achieve. It essential to get the balance right as we navigate these complexities.

“My role is to be an advocate for safety, well-being, and professional growth.”

Outside of work, Jason maintains his own balance with a passion for travel, gardening, a devotion to music, including playing the guitar and keeping up with streaming services and pod casts. – all providing a welcome balance to the demands of his profession.