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Monday, 29 January 2018 13:15

2017 Art Competition Results

Monica Robinson from Boort entry in Art competition.Monica Robinson from Boort Best in Show Winner

In 2017 The Loddon Healthy Minds Network held its annual art competition in an effort to raise awareness of mental health with the theme of “Mental Health – Share Your Journey”

Entrants were challenged to create a piece of artwork which shared their mental health journey so far.  This might be as someone who is/has experienced poor mental health and your recovery journey; it may be what you do to support good mental health, your experience with someone who has good or poor mental health, or any stigma you may have encountered on your mental health journey.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 12:13

Member Agency Information

Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee

Provides 24/7 crisis support via the 13 11 14 crisis support line and other suicide prevention services.

More information on the Lifeline Website

StandBy Murray

StandBy Murray supports anyone who has been bereaved or impacted by suicide, including individuals, families, friends, colleagues, schools, community groups, first responders and service providers.  StandBy provides crisis support, information, referrals and locally tailored workshops.  StandBy works within the Murray Primary Health Network region, which includes North East, North West, and Central Victoria, and the Goulburn Valley.  StandBy is delivered in the region by Lifeline Central Victoria in a consortium with Lifeline Albury Wodonga.

Phone: 0439 173 310 (contactable 24/7)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership (BLPCP)

Bendigo Loddon PCP is a group of health, community and human services organisations based in the City of Greater Bendigo and Loddon Shire that have joined forces to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

This is achieved by working together to develop a high-quality, coordinated and easy to access primary health care service system that is responsive to the region’s needs.

The partnership’s key focus areas are service coordination, health promotion and prevention, early intervention, integrated primary care and supporting the voice of clients and the community in their health care.

The partnership works on a number of health priorities, including healthy lifestyles, mental health, family violence, health literacy and chronic disease management.

BLPCP was established in 2000 and is one of 28 Primary Care Partnerships (PCP), which are an initiative of the Victorian Government and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit BLPCP.

Murray PHN

Murray PHN (Primary Health Network) commenced on 1 July 2015 as a part of the national network of 31 PHNs across Australia, which replaced the Medicare Local program.  Murray PHN works closely with the health system to identify areas to improve, either through the better coordination and support of health services or by commissioning new services to address needs.  The catchment of Murray PHN is significant in both size and diversity. Spanning northern Victoria, and including Albury, NSW, the Murray PHN covers an area of almost 100,000 square km and it will impact health services that are accessed by more than 563,000 people.  The Australia Government has identified national objectives and key priority areas for Primary Health Networks. These frame the focus of our organisation and we will be guided by both community and clinical input to improve health outcomes in these areas. They include Mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Population health, Health workforce, eHealth, and Aged Care. National priority areas are Avoidable hospital presentations, Cancer prevention, Immunisation and Mental health.

For more information, see their website.


Northern District Community Health

Northern District Community Health is a stand-alone community health service in the Gannawarra Shire and northern end of the Loddon Shire. With sites in Boort, Cohuna, Kerang, Pyramid Hill, and Quambatook, and shared spaces in a number of communities across the region including into the Buloke Shire, NDCH has a medical clinic in Kerang and provides a range of primary health and health promotion services right across our service area including allied health, nursing, counselling, alcohol and drug withdrawal, and other community support services. NDCH is a registered NDIS service provider.
Phone: (03) 5451 0200
Medical Clinic: (03) 5452 1366
Website: http://www.ndch.org.au

Boort District Health

Boort District Health offers a 24 hour Urgent Care Centre for anyone requiring medical attention or assistance.
Qualified Registered Nursing staff assess patient needs, liaise with the on call Doctor and facilitate referrals to appropriate professionals as required.
Boort District Health does not offer any on site counselling, mental health or social work services.
Phone: (03) 5451 5200
Fax: (03) 5455 2502
Website: http://www.bdh.vic.gov.au


Headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
At headspace Bendigo we have mental health clinicians who work off a 10 session model of care and provide counselling for young people aged 12-25 with mild to moderate mental health concerns. We also have Doctors, alcohol and other drug workers, and vocational specialists to assist with job seeking.
At Headspace Bendigo, all services are free, including our GP services. No formal referral is required.
We are located at 78-80 Pall Mall Bendigo, Victoria, 3550.
If you are interested in our services and want further information contact us on:
Phone: (03) 5434 5345.
Website: https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/bendigo/

Bendigo Health

Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services (BHPS) provides 24 hour access to mental health services across the region and it Regional Psychiatric Triage Service (RTS) in the single point of entry for contact. RTS can be contacted on 1300363788. While referrals can be made through various sources: including General Practitioners, health, welfare and emergency agencies and concerned family and community members, every referral is screened and appropriate follow up coordinated through BHPS Regional Triage service. Based on the information provided, triage clinicians who are qualified mental health practitioners determine if a psychiatric assessment is required and how urgently this needs to happen.

Throughout this region BHPS offers mental health services and support across all age groups:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health services – community based service for ages between 0 – 17 years.
Youth Mental Health Services – Residential and community based services for ages between 18 – 25 years.
Adult Mental Health Service’s – inpatient, residential and community based services for ages between 25 – 64 years.
Older Persons Mental Health Service – Inpatient and community based services for ages 65 years and older.

The majority of our multidisciplinary clinical services, including all residential and inpatient facilities are located in Bendigo. However BHPS also has clinical teams located in Swan Hill, Echuca, Kyneton, Castlemaine and Maryborough.

Website: http://www.bendigohealth.org.au


HALT aims to remind tradies they are valued by their community, and direct them to support services, both local and national, should they need them. HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) works in conjunction with communities to host ‘SAVE YOUR BACON’ brekkies.
HALT builds the bridge between both local and national support services for people at risk of suicide in the local community.
That is, to facilitate the spreading of information and raise awareness of groups such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue, open up conversations and break through the stigma attached to mental health.
We have identified a need for greater support for people at risk, especially men in ‘tradie’ occupations, although we recognize the need for such support is broad. HALT's vision is that every tradie in Australia knows how to look after their mental health and wellbeing
We know that social connection is always good for our mental health but it is the HALT bags that carry the important message to take home. Each bag contains information on mental health, well-being and suicide prevention. There is information on how to manage stress, depression and anxiety and importantly, where to go when you or a mate needs help. Material comes from local health services, as well as bigger national organizations such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline. HALT are not counsellors, but rather, a connection between our tradies and the services that can help. Our role is to help facilitate the spread of information already available.

Origin of HALT
In 2013 on a not-so-sunny day, a sad and tragic event affected the lives of two Castlemaine locals. A family lost a loved one, the community lost a valued member and we lost a friend. The ripple effect was huge.
A house painter and a visual artist asked themselves, “What can we do to support our mates, our families and our partners in the trade industry who just aren’t coping?” From that conversation began a community movement to support our men and women in the trades. An event to remind tradies they are valued by the community, and helping them to link into support services, for themselves and for their mates.

HALT was born with the support of a concerned community, and went on to host the first ‘SAVE YOUR BACON’ Brekky in Castlemaine, November 2013, for those in the building industry. It all started early one morning in a timber yard of a local hardware store. Rotarians busy behind the BBQ cooking a breakfast of bacon and eggs, hot coffee brewing – all thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals.

The ‘SAVE YOUR BACON’ brekkies have travelled across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. At last count, HALT had held over 200 ‘Save your Bacon’ events in hardware stores, TAFEs, sporting clubs, secondary colleges, Men’s Sheds, the farming and mining communities, corporations and private businesses.
Website: http://thehaltbrekky.com/



SalvoCare Northern provides a range of Alcohol and Other Drugs services in the Loddon Mallee Region. We are here to support any and all people who may be experiencing any form of miss-use and or dependence to alcohol or any other drugs. If you, a loved one, or friend require some support or information, please contact us on (03) 5440 8410. Even if you don't know what it is you need, feel free to call us for a chat.

Website: https://salvos.org.au/bendigo/what-we-offer/salvocare-northern/

Dingee Bush Nursing Centre

Dingee Bush Nursing Centre (DBNC) provides a range of health services to Dingee and surrounding communities.
Operating since 1923, DBNC strives to be responsive to the health care needs of the community.
Our Mission is to be responsive to the rural health needs and to promote continuous improvement in the health and well-being of the people in our community. DBNC is run by qualified Registered Nurses and provides all nursing services, community health programs/screens, women’s health, health assessments and referrals, Domiciliary Midwifery, and Immunisations to name a few.
Phone: (03) 5436 8309
Fax: (03) 5438 8388

 Inglewood District Health Services (IDHS)

Social Work, Mental Health and Counselling services work in a variety of ways to assist the individual, family and community identify strengths and resources, utilizing these to attain a positive outcome. These services can assist with the following:
· Relationship and family issues
· Grief and Bereavement
· Children and Parenting
· Centrelink advocacy/information
· Accommodation
· Family Violence
· Stress Management
· Coping with Change
· Advocacy
· Support
· Referral
· Anxiety
· Depression
· Mental health assessment
· Psychiatric review*

*organised through external provider

For further information contact IDHS 5431 7000.

Monday, 27 November 2017 08:44

LGBTI Poster Now Available

LGBTI Poster for YouthAs advocates in the mental health and suicide prevention area, the group of people identified as LGBTI represent an area of particular concern for the Loddon Healthy Minds Network. This is because the statistics tell us that LGBTI people are the most at risk group in our community when it comes to mental health and suicide.  These figures are documented in the report by the National LGBTI Alliance.  You can download a copy of the report below.

When people talk about reducing suicide and reducing mental health issues in our communities, you would think the best place to start would be the highest risk groups. Unfortunately there is little evidence to suggest that this is being done.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 07:00

Community Survey 2017

Please give us a hand to plan!

The Loddon Healthy Minds Network was formed in 2007 to provide advocacy and support for people living with mental health issues in the Loddon Shire. The Network is committed to reducing the stigma of mental health and advocating for appropriate mental health support in the Loddon Shire with a key focus on suicide prevention and awareness. 

The Network is now developing its direction and activities for the next five years and is seeking your input to gain a better understanding on what the main issues are to focus on and how we can best respond to the needs of Loddon communities. 

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:47

2017 Art Competition

Continuing to raise awareness of mental health within the Loddon community; the Loddon Healthy Minds Art Competition is on again in 2017!!

The theme this year is "Mental Health – Share Your Journey!”

This year’s theme is challenging entrants to share their mental health journey so far.  This might be as someone who is/has experienced poor mental health and your recovery journey; it may be what you do to support good mental health, your experience with someone who has good or poor mental health, or any stigma you may have encountered on your mental health journey.

Monday, 20 March 2017 09:24

The Ripple Effect

Rural suicide is a major issue that The Ripple Effect is researching.Too many deaths by suicide each year in Australia are from the farming community. Every suicide or attempted suicide has a ripple effect as it impacts friends, family, colleagues and entire communities.

Because of the stigma associated with suicide, many of the experiences of those affected by suicide remain untold.

The Ripple Effect has been developed by the National Centre for Farmer Health, Deakin University, the Victorian Farmers Federation, AgChatOZ, the Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland, Sandpit and Western District Health Service as part of beyondblue's STRIDE Project with donations from the Movember Foundation.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:51

Seeking Interested Carers

young Carer ReadingLoddon Healthy Minds Network in collaboration with Bendigo Community Health Services is producing a short video resource intended to provide greater understanding and insight into the role of carers who support people with mental illness in the community.

The video resource will be used predominantly online as well as relevant forums and information sessions in encouraging conversations and reflection on the role of a carer including the importance of self-care for people undertaking this role.

As part of the video production we are looking to interview several carers to gain their perspective on the following questions:

stopStigma300x300What is stigma?

Stigma happens when a group in society are not regarded with the same respect as others. There are numerous definitions but, put simply, stigma is primarily a problem of behaviours resulting in the unfair and inequitable treatment of people. Stigma involves a variety of myths, prejudices, and negative stereotyping of people with mental health issues.

Nearly half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. Despite this, people living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination from friends, family, employers and the community as a whole. (Copied from the Murray Partners In Recovery Site)

Saturday, 04 February 2017 11:32

2016 Art Competition Winners

The Loddon Healthy Minds Committee are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Art Show. There were 32 entries from the four secondary schools in the Shire. It has been a great way of spreading the message about mental health throughout the Shire. The winners for 2016 are:

  • Best In Show – Rochelle Vella
  • Runners Up Best In Show – Scott Woodward
  • Boort District School First Prize – Zoe Bremner
  • Boort District School Second Prize – Fi Rae
  • East Loddon P-12 First Prize – Sarah James
  • East Loddon P-12 Second Prize – Chelsea Hicks
  • Pyramid Hill First Prize – Mary Estrella
  • Pyramid Hill Second Prize – Samantha Treacy
  • Wedderburn College First Prize – Matt McMahon
  • Wedderburn College Second Prize – Ella Turnbull

Click on Read More to see the entries.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:12

Community Representatives Logo

communityRepsWe have a new logo for our Community Representatives!

Loddon Healthy Minds Network has representatives from many various organisations. There are quite a number of professionals who contribute their expertise and knowledge to the running of the organisation.

The Network recently felt it was appropriate to list these partners and acknowledge their involvement. Being professional organisations, they all had a nice logo to add to the front page.

That was all but one group of people though; our Community Representatives.

Community Representatives are integral to the working of the Healthy Minds Network. They are the ears and voices of mental health and advocacy to the Network. These people give up their time freely to contribute to the betterment of mental health and wellbeing within our Shire.

A logo has been approved by the Committee for use by the Community Representatives. In the form of a tree, it is representative of having it's roots in the Loddon Shire. The trunk of the tree represents the Committee and the leaves are representative of the community representatives feeding back into the committee and the Shire.

No logo would be complete without the Healthy Minds logo itself sitting at the heart of the image.

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Member Organisations

Some agencies have provided further information and links to their websites. If the logo shows a hand when you mouseover, you can click for more information.
Loddon Shire CouncilBENDIGO HEALTHIDHSHALTHEADSPACEBoort District HealthLifelinePCPcommunityRepsMurray Primary Health Network LogoNorthern DIstrict Community Health LogoStandBy logo final 0517SalvoCare Northern Logo Dingee Bush Nurse

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