Mental Health Support Available for Anyone in Need

Healthy North Coast is reminding people that mental health support can be easily accessed locally.

Healthy North Coast CEO Julie Sturgess says whether you need mental health support for yourself, a family member or friend, it is just a phone call or a mouse click away. One of the services she recommends is Connect to Wellbeing.

“Anyone young or old can find themselves in need of some help and guidance,” Ms Sturgess said.

“Connect to Wellbeing offers a single point of contact to connect you with the right mental health support, information or a service that best suits your need.

“Trained staff can provide you with information about, or referral to, the service that’s most appropriate for you. This includes any one of the many mental health, alcohol and other drugs, or NDIS support services located across the North Coast.”

To get in touch with Connect to Wellbeing, call 1300 160 339, Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, or email [email protected].

Click here for more information and to find out about available support.

Ms Sturgess says there are things we can all do to contribute to positive mental health and wellbeing. These include getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, avoiding excessive use of alcohol or other drugs, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining social relationships.

Healthy North Coast funds Connect to Wellbeing through their North Coast PHN program, an Australian Government initiative. It is not a crisis service. For immediate 24/7 support contact:

  • Mental Health Access Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
  • NewAccess (developed by Beyond Blue) 1300 224 636
  • Kids Helpline (for children under 12 years) 1800 551 800
  • headspace (for young adults aged 12 – 25) 1800 650 890
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

In an emergency call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Contact for more Information

Mike Hely

Phone: Mike Hely

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