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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 https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/vic/our-services/wellbeing/
Bookings can also be made by contacting Boort District Health on (03) 5451 5200.
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.
As 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.
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.
What 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)