South Eastern NSW has high rates of mental and behavioural disorders and psychological distress amongst adults, with a greater burden borne by Aboriginal people and those living in rural areas.
Mental health and suicide prevention is a key priority area for COORDINARE. Our organisation funds services that are in line with an evidence-based, localised stepped care approach. This allows you to access the right service to meet your needs at the right time, in the right place, to maintain your wellness or support your recovery back to wellness. Read our Implementing a stepped care approach to mental health and suicide prevention statement for more information.
Complex Mental Health - Grand Pacific Health
Provides mental health nursing support and peer worker support to people with complex mental health needs for the Illawarra and Southern NSW regions.
Complex Mental Health - Shoalhaven Family Medical Centre
Provides mental health nursing support to people with complex mental health needs in the Shoalhaven region.
Complex Mental Health - Flourish Australia
Provides individual and group psychosocial support services to people with complex mental health needs in the South Eastern NSW region.
Psychological therapies - Grand Pacific Health
Provides individually tailored, flexible psychological therapies primarily through face-to-face consultations across South Eastern NSW.
Psychological therapies - Royal Far West
Provides telehealth mental health services to children aged 0-15 years and their families in the Southern NSW and Shoalhaven regions.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services
COORDINARE funds the four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the South Eastern NSW region, as well as an after hours support service for the Shoalhaven region. This service is delivered by Waminda and the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation for local Aboriginal people who are experiencing suicidality, acute mental illness, and/or alcohol and other drug issues.
The South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation are also funded to deliver culturally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention education and training programs in local schools. See our Aboriginal health page for more information.
Psychiatry Support Line for GPs – ProCare Mental Health Services
This is a free service for GPs who require psychiatry advice on the phone or via secure messaging. Jointly funded by COORDINARE, Central and Eastern Sydney, Hunter New England, Central Coast, Murrumbidgee, Northern Sydney and Western NSW Primary Health Networks, it is exclusively for GPs practising in these regions.
Next Steps – Grand Pacific Health
Available in Southern NSW, this program aims to improve the support available to people following a suicidal crisis. Peer workers and allied mental health staff work to develop a person-centred plan for recovery. All referrals to the Next Steps program are made via the Local Health District, with the program designed to support those individuals who: present to an acute setting but following assessment, decline or do not require ongoing care from the community mental health and inpatient settings.
Gatekeeper Training – Life Line South Coast
This service provides community mental health and suicide prevention training (Gatekeeper), and also aims to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Gatekeeper training across the South Eastern NSW region.
Improving Physical Health (peer coaching and physical education) - NEAMI
Health promotion delivered by trained peer health coaches that addresses poor physical health, particularly overweight and obesity related chronic conditions, commonly experienced by people who have a mental illness.
Tathra Bushfire Mental Health and Counselling – Grand Pacific Health
Provides counselling and support for people affected by the Tathra bushfires, one day per week at Sapphire Coast Medical Practice.
Tathra Bushfire Recovery Psychological Support Service
COORDINARE funds free and confidential mental health support for residents of Tathra and districts affected by the bushfires. If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficult feelings or emotions as a result of the fires, you can find a mental health professional who provides this FREE service here.
For more information on how commissioning works, click here.
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hours)
Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis support and suicide prevention services.
beyondblue - 1300 22 4636
beyondblue provides 24 hour, 7 days a week information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
QLife - 1800 184 527
QLife operates from 3pm to midnight, 7 days a week providing anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
To find a service near you, or other helpline services click here.
Below is a list of useful resources and links for those needing further information or support:
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