Monday, 15 April 2019 11:41

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. 


Published in News
Friday, 29 March 2019 13:09

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.

Published in News
Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:49

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.

Published in News
Monday, 14 December 2015 15:48

2015 Art Show Results

01 - Michelle Hargreaves - OS - Helping Hands Add Colour To My WorldThe Loddon Healthy Minds Committee are delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Art Show.  We had a much bigger field of entries this year, particularly with entries coming from the Open Section.  It has been a great way of spreading the message about mental health, not only throughout the Shire, but we have had a wider reach.  Although people outside the Shire were unable to enter the competition, they do at least see the positive moves we are making towards improving the mental health of our residents through art.

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

Published in Archived News
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 15:08

Sunshine Breakfast in Wedderburn

Mental Health week runs from 4 October until 10 October and aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state.

This year the Loddon Healthy Minds Network in association with the Wedderburn Lions Club and Wedderburn College will be holding a Sunshine Breakfast on Thursday 8 October at Jacka Park in Wedderburn.

Come along to Jacka Park from 8am for a free breakfast, enjoy music performed by students from Wedderburn College and check out the entries in the annual art competition. Members of the Healthy Minds Network will be there with information about available mental health services.

Published in Archived News
Monday, 21 July 2014 18:14

Wedderburn Mental Health Group

The Wedderburn Mental Health Group is starting up once again and will be auspiced by the Wedderburn Community House.

Mental Health is an very important issue in any community and assisting people understand more about this can improve the level of people's health and wellbeing overall. The House is particularly pleased to be involved in this initiative and able to assist with the group's formation.

Published in News
Thursday, 03 April 2014 01:15

2014 Art Competition

The Loddon Healthy Minds Network are once again running an art competition for 2014.  The competition will adopt the theme of the Healthy Minds Network for the 2014 year which is "Five Ways To Well Being".

The art competiton is open to all residents of the Loddon Shire between the ages of 14 to 18. Its focus is to provide a mental health topic that will create art and conversations amongst our youth. The greater the awareness of youth about mental health issues, the more positive a society we develop mental health wellbeing is a core value. There is still considerable stigma surrounding the topic of mental health. Competitions such as this and the conversations they create do a great job of breaking down the taboos in society regarding mental health.

Published in Archived News
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 21:35

Five Ways To Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based actions aimed at improving people’s wellbeing. They are simple things people can do in their everyday lives to promote their wellbeing and help prevent mental health problems.


With the people around you, with family, friends, workmates and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of connections as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.


Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your levels of fitness and mobility.

Published in News
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 06:05

Talking About Depression

Mental illness is a subject often regarded as taboo in our society. It has been well established as an illness and yet many people have difficulty in talking about it in the same way they talk about broken legs, cancer or heart disease. With depression being one of the most common mental illnesses, it is important that people can talk about their illness, particularly with family and friends so that others can understand what someone with depression may be going through.

Published in News
Thursday, 30 June 2011 20:54

Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression

Bipolar Disorder of Manic Depression
Picture by SherriW1223 Flickr

Whilst many people are becoming more familiar with the term bipolar disorder, many may know it by its old name of manic depression.

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that touches on the extremes of the emotions and in turn can result in some strange behaviour by those who have this disorder.

It is quite normal, as you would well know, that our emotions rise and fall. We can feel sad, we can feel elated, we can feel inbetween. For the bipolar person, the emotions tend to rise and fall well beyond the range of the “normal” person. So people with bipolar can fluctuate between the extremities of elation, known as mania or hypermania and the other side of the coin which is depression.

Bipolar can be difficult to diagnose as people don't usually present themselves for medical assistance in the height of a manic phase. They are generally feeling too good, at least with hypermania anyway. People in a full blown manic phase will obviously be unwell to others around them and intervention is usually sought.

But for the most part, the bipolar person presents at the doctors with a bout of depression. The way our medical system is these days and the pressure on doctors, depression is what is usually diagnosed and appropriate anti-depressants prescibed. The anti-depressants usually fix the depression, but the individual then swings to a high.  This can go on for quite some time until specialist psychiatric services are sought who do a full assessment and diagnose bipolar disorder. When this happens, the anti-depressants are usually stopped and mood stabilizers are introduced in their place in an attempt to limit the extremes of the emotions and bring them back within acceptable ranges.

Bipolar disorder involves mood swings
Picture by AdamNF on Flickr

Bipolar disorder is a complex subject and all people tend to present differently. Whilst there are many symptoms, not all will necessarily apply to each individual. This can be why it can be difficult to diagnose. That said, psychiatrists are skilled at doing so and if you are being treated for depression and it's coming and going with periods of highs inbetween, then perhaps you need to consider asking for a referral to see a psychiatrist.

For more information on Bipolar Disorder you can visit the sites below. The links will take you directly to their pages on Bipolar Disorder.

Black Dog Institute Bipolar Page

Sane Australia Bipolar Information Sheet

Beyond Blue Bipolar Information

Fyrenice - An Extensive Australian Site including support compiled and run and participated in by people with bipolar disorder

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