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Strong Minds Western NSW aims to provide access to free, effective treatment for people with a mild to moderate mental illness living in the Western NSW region. Strong Minds enables patients to access short-term psychological interventions within a primary care setting.

Eligibility

The service will deliver focused psychological services for people with a diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness in under serviced groups including:

  • People from rural, remote and under-serviced areas
  • Children under the age of 12 years
  • People experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
  • Women experiencing perinatal depression
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Designated high need population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people at risk of suicide but not acutely suicidal, and young people

Strong Minds is NOT a crisis service or a service for those in an acute phase of illness. To get help in a crisis situation, call the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511or in an emergency call triple zero.

Availability

Strong Minds Western NSW services are available in a variety of locations throughout Western NSW.

Access

To access Strong Minds Western NSW, individuals will need to see their GP for a referral and to have a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) completed; GPs will then forward the referral and MHTP to the Marathon Health Centralised Intake Service.

For Children under 12, a Child Treatment Plan (CTP) can be completed in place of a MHTP. Child referrals must be signed and consented to by a parent or carer.

Referral contact: Fax, 6882 7224; email [email protected]

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