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Open Letter: Responding to suicide in our community
Dear Illawarra Shoalhaven residents, families, and community
Re: Responding to suicide in our community
As you may know our communities have been profoundly saddened by a number of suicide deaths. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathy extend to the bereaved families and friends.
headspace centre to officially open in Batemans Bay
headspace Batemans Bay celebrated its official opening on Thursday 22 April. Since mid-January, headspace Batemans Bay has been providing young people aged 12 to 25 access to youth friendly, free and confidential mental health and wellbeing services in their local area.
Where to go for local support over the Christmas period
If you need additional help or support this Christmas, you are not alone. Local support services are available over the Christmas and New Year period. COORDINARE and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative have provided a list of key services.
New videos to support people bereaved by suicide
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) today launched a suite of 11 videos as part of a campaign supporting people who are bereaved by suicide. This includes two compilation videos entitled ‘What helped us get through' and ‘What would you say to someone recently bereaved?’.
Free mental health coaching now available in South Eastern NSW
A free mental health coaching program developed by Beyond Blue is now available in South Eastern NSW. NewAccess, delivered in conjunction with Wellways and COORDINARE, is a six-session program offering practical advice on how to manage the pressures, worries and stresses of life.
Life After Bushfires: A new digital health resource from SANE
Last year's bushfire season was unprecedented, and there have been far-reaching mental health impacts for many people.
Location announced for headspace Batemans Bay
Building works at the new headspace for the Batemans Bay region have commenced, with Relationships Australia joining COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN and Fiona Phillips MP, Member for Gilmore to announce the location of the centre at 1/11 Clyde Street, Batemans Bay.
Celebrating Mental Health Month 2020
October is Mental Health Month; a great time to pause and 'tune in' with yourself and others to see how you and your loved ones are feeling.
Update on the 'Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan'
The Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is a result of the strategic alliance between COORDINARE and the Southern NSW and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts (LHDs). It provides a shared strategy to meet the mental health needs of our local communities.
Local events planned to mark R U OK? Day
This Thursday 10 September is R U OK? Day – a national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.
Join the virtual ‘Out of the Shadows’ walk!
This World Suicide Prevention Day – Thursday 10 September – Lifeline South Coast is inviting people to join in a virtual ‘Out of the Shadows’ walk and take a moment of reflection in their virtual garden.
Let's celebrate LGBTIQ+ young Australians on Wear It Purple Day (and every day!)
Wear It Purple Day is coming up on 28 August! This year's theme is 'We are the change'. Whether you're a health professional, community member, LGBTIQ+ person or ally, we can all play our part in supporting and celebrating LGBTIQ+ young Australians.
GP Psychiatry Support Line turns two!
Have you heard about the GP Psychiatry Support Line? It’s a free service exclusively for GPs who require psychiatry advice, on the phone or via secure messaging. It helps you manage the care of mental health consumers without needing to refer or triage them.
Suicide affects everyone – learn how to help those around you
This year has tested our resilience with impacts of the drought, bushfires and COVID-19 affecting people in varying ways.
Mental Health, Ambulance and Police Project (MHAPP) trial starts in Wollongong
MHAPP is a trial partnership involving Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD), Wollongong Police District, and NSW Ambulance.
Have your say on new localised Peer Workforce Framework
Community members are invited to have their say on the new Regional Peer Workforce Framework which is currently being developed by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Southern NSW Local Health District, and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.
Find support for yourself and others during the holidays
In the lead-up to Christmas, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) wants to spread the word that there are plenty of support services available during the holidays. "Christmas can be a difficult time for some people,” said Dr Alex Hains, Regional Manager of the Collaborative.
Why it's important to start a conversation with loved ones this holiday season
In the lead-up to the holiday season, Australian mental health and suicide prevention organisations are encouraging everyone to play an active role in suicide prevention through the #YouCanTalk campaign. The holiday period can be a difficult time for many people, and feelings of loneliness and isolation are common.
New localised Peer Workforce Framework to be developed
Implementation of the South Eastern NSW Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan (the Plan) has begun with COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Southern NSW Local Health District and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, announcing that Dr Leanne Craze AM has been engaged to develop a regional Peer Workforce…
Help the Collaborative spread the word about suicide prevention
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (the Collaborative) has recently published a new 'Spread the word' webpage with information about current suicide prevention awareness campaigns.