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The National Rural and Remote Suicide Prevention Program is a first-of-kind program co-design by rural people to address the causes of suicide in our communities, and provide practical, evidence based support to communities & individuals. 

THE PROGRAM

The National Rural and Remote Suicide Prevention Program is an Australian Government initiative to improve access to support for communities, professionals and individuals dealing with suicide.  The Program aims to deliver support to individuals experiencing suicidal ideation or who have been referred from acute care services.  It also works with governments, communities and businesses to co-design and deliver programs to educate young people and adults in the community about mental health, increase access to mental health services, upskill local health professionals and empower local people to support each other.

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FIND SUPPORT

If you or someone you know is struggling, there is support. Find a support services below, talk to your local GP or reach out to friends and family.

In an emergency call 000.

LifeLine

13 11 14

Anyone having a personal crisis

Head to Health
 

1800 595 212

Find mental health services right for you

MensLine Australia

1300 78 99 78

Counselling and support service for men

Beyond Blue

1300 22 4636

Anyone feeling anxious or depressed

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

Anyone thinking about suicide

Q-Life

1800 184 527

LGBTQI+ support line between 3pm - 12am

13 YARN
 

13 92 76

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis support line

Open Arms
 

1800 011 046

Veterans and families counselling

StandBy

1300 727 247

Support for anyone impacted by a suicide.

Mental Health Line
 

13 11 14

24 hour help and advice for NSW residents

Full Stop Australia
 

1800 385 578

Support for sexual, domestic & family violence

Kids Help Line

1800 55 1800

Counselling for young people aged 5 to 25

Mental Health and Wellness Nurse Program 

The mental health and wellness nurse program provides local access to highly experienced Mental Health Nurses who live and work in rural and remote towns.  

Patients can self-refer themselves to the service, or can be referred by a local hospital, GP, health or community based professional.

The program provides people with support to manage every day in the community. 

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Become an accidental counsellor

An accidental counsellor is a community member who is trained to safely and effectively support friends, family, colleagues, and strangers who are in distress or experiencing a crisis.

 

Accidental counsellors receive ongoing support and regular coffee catch-ups.

For more information about how we can help your community to establish and train a team of community-based Accidental Counsellors email healthyminds@thcfa.org.au.

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Support for Professionals

The Foundation delivers programs to upskill GPs, nurses, health professionals and human services professionals, with Mental Health Skills training.

To find our more about how the Foundation can assist in ups killing health professionals in your community email healthyminds@thcfa.org.au.

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Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Community Action Plans 

Community action plans are akin to road maps for implementing community-led change. They identify what will be done, who will do it and how it will be done. They describe exactly what a community wants to accomplish, how it will do so, and the resources needed to be successful. They become a framework for implementing topic specific activities within a community, all of which are community owned.

The Foundation can assist local government, communities and others to facilitate meetings where communities can form their own Community Suicide Prevention or Mental Health Working Group to formulate their own unique Action Plan that reflects the needs and priorities of their community.

We will assist your community to:

  • Collate and compile the results of the community engagement and consultation together to form the basis of the content for the Action Plan.
  • Graphically design a visually appealing document that details the actions and objectives from the community consultations that are priorities for the region.

  • Detail exactly what each action is, how it will be completed and how it will be measured to ensure that it has been completed.

For more information on the program in your area email healthyminds@thcfa.org.au

MEET OUR TEAM

Cassie
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Program Manager &

Registered Nurse Mental Health

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Bree
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Registered Nurse Mental Health - Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo

Rod
 
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Stakeholder & Community Engagement Officer

Orange

Jordan
 
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Aboriginal Wellness Trainee

Collarenebri

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Registered Nurse Mental Health - Narromine, Trangie, Nyngan, Warren

Julie
 
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Registered Nurse Mental Health - Gilgandra, Gulargambone, Coonamble 

Jan
 
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Aboriginal Wellness Worker - 

Collarenebri

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Registered Nurse Mental Health - Hay, Narrandera, Darlington Point, Goolgowi

Becky
 
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Registered Nurse Mental Health - Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Inverell

Celeste
 
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Registered Nurse Mental Health - Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri

Jordan
 
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Registered Nurse Mental Health - 

Condobolin, Lake Cagelligo, Hillston

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Join our team! Email us today at suicideprevention@thcfa.org.au

UPCOMING EVENTS

Find upcoming community, school and local events across rural and remote Australia.

  • Accidental Counsellor Training - Walgett
    Accidental Counsellor Training - Walgett
    Mon, 01 May
    Walgett
    01 May 2023, 7:00 pm – 02 May 2023, 7:00 pm
    Walgett, 77 Fox St, Walgett NSW 2832, Australia
    01 May 2023, 7:00 pm – 02 May 2023, 7:00 pm
    Walgett, 77 Fox St, Walgett NSW 2832, Australia
    Free 3 day training course with LifeLine & ACON - registration essential

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