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Royal Commission into Mental Health

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This Bendigo workshop is open to anyone who has been a consumer of mental health services.  The peer support team will be running this workshop to help consumer prepare their submissions.

Time:     11.00am - 1.00pm

Date:      Friday 28 June 2019

Venue:   Long Gully Community Centre (23-29 Havilah Road, Long Gully, VIC, 3550)

For further information and to RSVP your attendance, visit the website.  

2019 Art Competition

Continuing to raise awareness of mental health within the Loddon community; the Loddon Healthy Minds Art Competition is on again in 2019!

This year we have two themes

‘Mental health matters to us all’


‘Mental health begins with me’

These art themes are challenging entrants to explore why mental health is important to everyone, and looking at their own mental health.

As usual there will be two sections, an Open section for those over 18 and a Junior section for those between the ages of 14 to 18.

• The open section of this competition is open to all Loddon Shire residents aged over 18 years
• The junior section is open to all Loddon Shire residents between the ages of 14 to 18 years of age

Artwork entries:
• All work is to be completed within the last 12 months and solely by the artist
• Size of artwork is to be 1 metre square maximum and A4 minimum (needs to be transportable)
• Any medium can be used (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture etc.)

Literary entries:
• 500-1000 words related to the theme
• Mental health focus – with all people de-identified
• preference for typed entries


For the Art Competition, prizes will be as follows:-

Best in Show:
To the value of $70

School section best in Show:
To the value of $60 (The Best in Show winning entry (if a school entry) is eliminated from this judging round)

Open first:
To the value of $50

Open runner up:
To the value of $20

Individual school first:
To the value of $50 (one per school)

Individual school runner up:
To the value of $20 (one per school)

For the Literary Competition, prizes will be as follows:-

Open first:
Book voucher to the value of $50

Open runner up:
Book voucher to the value of $20

Junior first:
Book voucher to the value of $50

Junior runner up:
Book voucher to the value of $20

How to Enter

2019 Open Section Entry Form

2019 Junior Section Entry Form

Entry forms are also available from:

Municipal Offices: Wedderburn and Serpentine
Or contact the Community Wellbeing Officer on (03) 5494 1230.

Artwork Entry: All artwork is to be completed and delivered to the Loddon Shire office at Wedderburn or Serpentine by the first Monday in August.
Enquiries: Community Wellbeing Officer
Telephone: (03) 5494 1230
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Flying Doctor Wellbeing

There are mental health and wellbeing services available in your community through the Flying Doctor Wellbeing program, which is offered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria.

Flying Doctor Wellbeing provides free confidential mental health appointments with no need for a GP referral.  You are able to access 6 free sessions with a mental health clinician through a face-to-face meeting or via telehealth.

To access the service you must be aged 18 or over, live or work within 60 minutes of Boort (the local service site) and experiencing:

  • worry, sadness, stress or low mood
  • relationship or family difficulties
  • financial stress
  • lack of confidence
  • grief or loss
  • concern for a family member or friend

For further information, please visit

To find out more about the service or to make an appointment call (03) 8412 0480 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bookings can also be made by contacting Boort District Health on (03) 5451 5200.

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

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

LGBTI Poster Now Available

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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.

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.

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)

Community Representatives Logo

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  • Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:12
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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

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