Media release – 22 July 2021
Healthy North Coast, in partnership with Remedy Healthcare, is pleased to announce a new mental health service for the North Coast.
Healthy North Coast is a local not-for-profit organisation who delivers the Australian Government’s PHN program and is responsible for improving access to primary care health services.
Julie Sturgess, Healthy North Coast CEO, said that access to free support services for people living with mild mental illness on the North Coast is a priority and she welcomed today’s announcement.
‘For people needing support with managing stress or worry, it’s so important that we have services available to provide help when and where needed, so that support can be accessed early.
‘After a competitive tender process, Remedy Healthcare has been contracted to deliver two new programs to support people over 16 to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing, especially people experiencing isolation, and those in rural and remote locations.
‘The ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in mental health concerns across the world. Now, more than ever, we have to encourage ourselves to seek help,’ said Ms Sturgess.
Remedy Healthcare is launching the MindStep and Healing Minds telephone and online services. Both are free, easily accessible, and do not require a referral by a GP or healthcare professional. Delivered by trained mental health coaches, the confidential services use evidence-based techniques that improve mental health and wellbeing.
Remedy Healthcare’s Executive General Manager, Mike Hutton Squire, said both services aim to reduce psychological distress and improve quality of life by helping people self-manage their mental health and wellbeing.
‘The free services offer one-on-one assessment, coaching and follow-up sessions. Use of the services is completely confidential and accessible to people living anywhere within the North Coast region in NSW.’
MindStep is an evidence-based, low-intensity, guided self-help service and is designed to run alongside any existing psychological care.
Healing Minds is a culturally sensitive adaptation of MindStep specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 16.
Welcoming the new services, the Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan, said the Federal Government had invested $2.3 billion in this year’s Budget towards better mental health and suicide prevention.
‘I want to congratulate Healthy North Coast for understanding the real need for more services for mental health,’ Mr Conaghan said.
‘With these new services, people should not feel reluctant to talk about mental health. We need to talk more about mental health and I encourage people to do so.’
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