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Connect - for mental health

There are so many ways to get involved in our local community. A lot of us participate in local sporting clubs and community groups. Generally residents feel supported by their friends and neighbours. However, our community does face some challenges. We have a high turnover in population and this places pressure on voluntary work. Many residents are remote from their extended family and support networks. 

Time for Wellbeing aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of the community through:

  • Supporting events, activities and opportunities to get involved in the community.

  • Raising awareness about mental health across the community.

  • Educating and supporting programs to promote wellbeing for young people.

  • Promoting available local and online support resources.

  • Advocating for accessible services.

Local resources and activities

There are many activities where you can connect with people in our community, including: the local libraries, community centres, youth groups, sport and recreation clubs. You can view the range of groups and activities on the Community Board website (insert link).
There are a range of services and groups to support those living and working in our region:

  • Support for parents of young children through the ‘Strengthening Our Families’ Program.

  • Headspace Youth Health Service offers help and support young people between 12 and 25 in the region. Headspace provides a place where young people can get information and advice on a wide range of youth health issues.

  • We have a range of visiting health services and support agencies – For contact details and times see the Health Service Newsletter.

Links to Online Resources and Support

  • Mindhealthconnect is the easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services from Australia’s leading health providers, together in one place.

  • beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

  • Reachout provides online mental health and wellbeing information for young people.

  • Eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people 12-25 or their family can shat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.