A NEW mental health program for the region will give more support to residents who are "slipping through the gaps".
The program, Connecting2community, will officially launch on Wednesday in Horsham.
The program is specifically targeted at people who aren't part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme or public mental health services.
Grampians Community Health will deliver the program in the region, which is being funded by the Western Victorian Primary Health Network and the state government.
Network chief executive Leanne Beagley said the program would provide a range of community-based mental health services.
Services include outreach, peer support, and group-based programs for people living with mental illness in the community.
"The program is for people who wouldn't otherwise qualify for the NDIS for additional support," Dr Beagley said.
"These people still need support, so what we've done is funded a new program for the Wimmera for people who are potentially slipping through the gaps.
"We want to make sure that those people are still getting help."
Dr Beagley said while there was quite a lot of mental health services out there, they often were specifically targeted to particular needs.
"One size doesn't fit all in terms of mental health," she said.
"This program will look at things that people want that will make their lives more meaningful.
"For some people that might be help to get out and make friends.
"For others, it might be help finding a job or living independently."
Dr Beagley said Grampians Community Health would deliver the program because the organisation already understood the region.
"The people there have been delivering services in the region for a long time," she said.
"They understand what's already there and can work with community resources that are already in place.
"We aren't bringing in people from the outside - we are using people already in the community."
The program is available for people aged 18 to 65.
Connecting2community will also be rolled out to Ballarat.
Ballarat Community Health chief executive Sean Duffy said this program would provide people in western Victoria with opportunities and support to connect to their community.
"Research identifies that the top two priorities for people with severe mental illness is managing the symptoms of the illness and addressing loneliness and social isolation," he said.