Priority for action: Mental health and suicide prevention

There are high rates of mental and behavioural disorders, and psychological distress in our region, with a greater burden borne by Aboriginal people and people living in rural areas. An increased, targeted and sustained mental healthcare and suicide prevention response to natural disasters and the pandemic will be required for many years to come.

Our joint South Eastern NSW Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan 2018-2023 outlines a vision to create one mental health system - planned, delivered and monitored together – to provide better outcomes for people experiencing mental health issues or with mental illness. COORDINARE is also a lead agency in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative and received further funding to scale this approach across our region.

COORDINARE will continue to forge new partnerships and collaborative arrangements to prioritise need and develop local solutions, increasing access to services for people across our region.

Our action

In the next 12 months, COORDINARE will complete a detailed review of our overall mental health and suicide prevention work to date, reflect on our commissioned services, our role in supporting general practice and peer workers and our collaborations with the LHDs, ACCHOs and other stakeholders. Our planned response will align with
identified needs and be embedded within our South Eastern NSW Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan 2018-2023.

For a downloadable list of support services we partner with, click here.

Click here for a list of supports for mental health workers to keep your own mental health on track.

Head to Health Pop Up services have been developed to support the mental health of people, of all ages, struggling during the extended lockdown - click here to find out more.

Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in need of immediate assistance.

For other mental health concerns, visit or talk to someone you trust such as a doctor or health professional.