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2018 Art Competition Results

The Loddon Healthy Minds Network are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Art Competition. A total of 34 entries were received this year, based on the themes “Stop Mental Health Stigma” and “Words For Wellbeing”.

This year also saw our first literary entry from Wedderburn College student Alexis Timu who wrote a great piece titled “Stand Up”.

And the winners are..........

Best In Show Anne-Maree Hansen
Best In Show (Schools) Sophie Perryman (Boort District School)

Open Section 1st Prize Anne-Maree Hansen
Open Section 2nd Prize Anne-Maree Hansen

Boort District School 1st Prize Rebecca Barsdell
Boort District School 2nd Prize Amy Malone

Pyramid Hill College 1st Prize Lizzie Newell
Pyramid Hill College 2nd Prize Isabelle Caspani

Wedderburn College 1st Prize Janet Launder
Wedderburn College 2nd Prize Genevieve Tonkin

Thank you to all the entrants who submitted artwork for this years competition, and congratulations to all the winners!!

We look forward to announcing the 2019 Art Competition theme in the new year!

Carers Video Launched!

On Friday 23 February 2018, the Hon Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Major Projects, Member for Bendigo East officially launched the carers video.

This video has been developed in partnership between the Loddon Healthy Minds Network and the Bendigo Health Carers Support Program, and involves carers of people with a mental illness talking about their experiences.

Organisations are encouraged to save a copy of this video and use as appropriate.

Suicide Prevention Forum

Suicide Prevention Registrations Now Open

To register, please click on the link to the Eventbrite booking schedule above.
The registration form provides the bank account details to allow payment to be made. Please include your name in the description section.


General registration $250


Suicide rates in rural and regional areas are considerably higher than those within the metropolitan setting. People in rural areas face more risk factors and challenges that contribute to this.

This forum focuses on strategies and programs that work in rural areas.
A range of presenters have been selected to address some particular high risk cohorts in our region, including farmers, LBGTIQ, youth and so on.

Hosted by Cath Styles with key note speaker Wayne Schwass.

Featuring: Fiona Livingstone (Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health)
Meg Bennett, Maree Dixon and Emily Slater (Headspace)
Pauline Neil (Macedon Ranges Shire Council)
Alannah McGreggor (SPAN Walk)
Sandra Goode (Loddon Mallee Mental Health Carers Network)
Jason Azzopardi (Victoria Police)
Dr Alison Kennedy (National Centre for Farmer Health)
Lauren Zappa and Jacalyn Grose (Royal Flying Doctor Service)
Jo Rasmussen and Alistair Bonsey (Murray Primary Health Network)
Jeremy Forbes (HALT)
Rebecca Gardner (Mental Health and Wellbeing – DHHS)
and more….

A copy of the program for the day can be downloaded:  forum program


RSVP by Friday 24 August 2018

If you are unable to attend the event after your RSVP, it would be appreciated that you let the Loddon Healthy Minds Network know as a courtesy to organisers and sponsors.
(03) 5494 1230
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Forum Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities are available on the day, please click on the link for further information regardinig how to apply for sponsorship: sponsorship form

2017 Art Competition Results

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  • Monday, 29 January 2018 13:15
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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.

LGBTI Poster Now Available

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  • Monday, 27 November 2017 08:44
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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Seeking Interested Carers

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  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:51
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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:

Loddon Healthy Minds Signs Stop Stigma Charter

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  • Friday, 10 February 2017 16:40
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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)

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