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Sep 13 2021

Pop Up Mental Health Support for our Region

Last month, the Federal Government announced funding to rapidly establish 10 Head to Health Pop Up mental health services in areas of NSW currently facing extended COVID-19 restrictions. Primary Health Networks in NSW were tasked with establishing these services in just four weeks.

We are proud to announce that after a huge effort our Head to Health Pop Up service in our Nepean Blue Mountains region is now up and running, as are the other nine Pop Ups across NSW. The service is for anyone in NSW of any age, including children, young people and older adults, whose mental health is suffering because of the current COVID-19 situation.

To access the service, people can now call 1800 595 212 Monday to Friday between 8:30am - 5:00pm to speak to a trained mental health professional, who will guide them on their journey to find the right mental health support for their individual needs. This service is free, and has been set up to be integrated with existing mental health services in each region, with the additional support of 10 Head to Health Pop Up mental health hub locations.

When people call the 1800 595 212 number they will speak to an accredited mental health clinician who will offer them advice, and connect them to local services according to their needs. This may include referring them to an existing mental health service in their area, or if appropriate, to receive care at one of the 10 Head to Health Pop Up mental health hub locations, either through telehealth or COVID-safe face-to-face appointments.

This Head to Health Pop Up service is different to the Penrith Head to Health centre which is still due to open in December as a permanent mental health clinic for our region.

The Head to Health Pop Up service will be particularly helpful for people who may not have accessed mental health services before and who may feel overwhelmed by the thought of trying to seek out help. This service will 'hold their hand' through the process of finding the right support.

We encourage you to share this service with your networks. Please find below links to our social media posts, community flyer and posters regarding the service. 

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.

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