Mental Health

In South Western Sydney more than 102,000 people aged 15 – 85 years will be diagnosed with a common mental illness in any one year. Mental illness can impact people through changes in thinking, mood or behaviour linked to distress and impaired functioning.

Examples of specific mental illnesses include: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, personality bipolar and eating disorders, problem gambling or substance dependency.

By talking to your GP about your mental health, you can access a range of GP referred services including You in Mind, Star4Kids, Credentialed Mental Health Service and the Clinical Suicide Prevention Service.

These services aim to meet the mental health needs of a number of key priority groups under a stepped model of care ranging from low intensity support through to severe and complex needs.

 

There are a range of mental health services within this region with the aim to provide more options for care, ranging from low intensity support to severe and complex needs.

A stepped model of care ensures there is an available appropriate service regardless of the severity of the mental health condition. The model allows users of these services to be matched with the correct type of care, and move through services as needed without falling through the cracks.

South Western Sydney PHN also supports two other mental health services you can access without seeing your GP and being referred. They aim to fill a need in the region and include low-intensity service, New Access, and suicide prevention service Lifeline Macarthur.

FREE South Western Sydney PHN Mental Health Services

To access the below services #talktoyourgp or phone 1300 797 746

STAR4Kids

Support for children aged 3-12 with, or at risk of developing childhood emotional or behavioural concerns. Includes up to 12 hours of psychological therapy with a mental health professional who has experience working with children.

headspace

Support for young people aged 12 -25 for their mental health, physical health (sexual health), alcohol and other drugs and work and study.

For more information or to make an appointment, phone:

Bankstown: (02) 9393 9669 

Campbelltown: (02) 4627 9089

Liverpool: (02) 8785 3200

https://headspace.org.au/

 

ReFrame

Support for young people aged 12-25 living in Wollondilly and Wingecarribee experiencing mental health concerns. Services are delivered by youth mental health workers and youth mental health professionals.

For more information or to make an appointment, phone:

0455 104 104

NewAccess

Mental health coaching for anyone (18 years and over) needing support to manage day-to-day stress/life pressures or emerging depression or anxiety. Services are available face-to-face, over the phone or via skype.

For more information or to make an appointment, phone:

1800 010 630

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/newaccess

You in Mind

Support for people (12 years and over) experiencing mild to moderate mental illness such as anxiety or depression. Includes up to 12 hours of psychological therapy with a mental health professional.

Eligible groups include – Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people who are from a CALD Background, residents of Airds, Claymore and the 2168 postcode, residents of Wollondilly and Wingecarribee (with barriers to gaining support through Better Access (Medicare)), people experiencing financial hardship, perinatal women, people 65 years + and people who identify as LGBTIQA+.

Connect for Wellness

Support for people living with a severe and persistent mental illness. Includes up to 20 hours of psychological therapy with a mental health professional and peer support.

Credentialed Mental Health Nurse Service

Support for people living with a severe and complex mental illness where the mental illness is significantly impacting their social, personal and work life. Services are provided by a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse who will provide ongoing (based on individual needs) therapeutic interventions and care coordination.

Consultant Psychiatry Service

Support for people living with severe and persistent mental illness who require support from a psychiatrist but face barriers to accessing a psychiatrist.
The service is available as telepsychiatry (phone or web-based) to any general practice in South Western Sydney or at specific face-to-face hubs in Bankstown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Campbelltown and Wollondilly (allocation to nearest hub).

FREE Suicide Prevention Services

The below services are for people experiencing suicidal ideation of low to medium risk.

If there is immediate risk to your safety, or to the safety of others, please call 000 or go to the nearest emergency department. Alternatively, please contact the Community Mental Health Emergency Team on 1300 787 799 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Clinical Suicide Prevention Service

Support for people who have attempted suicide or have suicidal ideation of low to medium risk.

Includes up to 10 hours of psychological support with a mental health professional over 2 months.

Referrals can be made through your GP.

Lifeline Macarthur

As part of a regional approach to suicide prevention, Lifeline Macarthur provides the following services throughout South Western Sydney:

For more information, phone Lifeline Macarthur on (02) 4645 7200

Recovery Point app

local mental health information in the palm of your hand

South Western Sydney PHN and One Door Mental Health have worked together to develop Recovery Point – a mobile app providing quick and easy access to information about
mental health relevant to you and your situation and a comprehensive directory of local programs and services available in South Western Sydney.

The app, provides quick and easy access to information on local mental health programs and services, networks, resources, emergency or crisis support and common mental illnesses.

It has been developed for people needing support, and their family, friends and carers.

View online or download the app for free from Google play or App Store.

 

onlyhuman

evidence-based tasks created by experts transforming mental health and wellbeing

onlyhuman is an app, supported by South Western Sydney PHN, which helps users create habits of self-care through story-telling.

The app features short films of mental health stories from around the world paired with simple, evidence-based tasks, developed by a team of experts. Each day, users are encouraged to view a short film and complete the associated task which aim to provide tips, tools and new perspectives.

The app aims to be an accessible, relatable, engaging and effective mental health treatment.

View online or download the app for free from Google play or App Store.

#talktoyourgp

Find yourself a regular GP, one you are comfortable and familiar with, and one which speaks your language if required.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions including your treatment options, the effectiveness of different therapies, diagnosis, medications, eMental health options, resources and information, including accessible resources such as websites and mobile applications.

If going to a GP isn’t something you are used to or comfortable doing alone, take a trusted friend or family member with you, and book a longer appointment so you have the time to discuss your health concerns.

For more information on the importance of having a regular GP, click here.

Handy Links

Other useful sites and services

Lifeline
www.lifeline.com.au

Black Dog Institute
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

Headspace
www.headspace.org.au

Sane
www.sane.org

BeyondBlue
www.beyondblue.org.au

OneDoor
www.onedoor.org.au

KidsHelps
www.kidshelp.com.au

Reachout.com
au.reachout.com

South Western Sydney PHN supported services

www.swsphn.com.au/mentalhealthcommunity

Mental health applications

Recovery Point
www.recoverypoint.org.au

onlyhuman
www.onlyhumanapp.com

MindShift
www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app

1giantmind
www.1giantmind.org

Gratitude 365
gratitude365app.com