Mental health and suicide prevention

South Eastern NSW has high rates of mental and behavioural disorders and psychological distress amongst adults, with a greater burden borne by Aboriginal people and those living in rural areas. 

Mental health and suicide prevention is a key priority area for COORDINARE. Our organisation funds services that are in line with an evidence-based, localised stepped care approach. This allows you to access the right service to meet your needs at the right time, in the right place, to maintain your wellness or support your recovery back to wellness. Read our Implementing a stepped care approach to mental health and suicide prevention statement for more information. 

The South Eastern NSW Regional Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan is being implemented over the next five years in collaboration with Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) and Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD). The plan identifies nine priority areas against which key actions are identified which involve working together across program and government boundaries and with consumers and other stakeholders to reduce the impact of mental illness and suicide in our region.

For a downloadable list of support services we fund, click here.

Back on Track - Grand Pacific Health

Provides free and confidential counselling for people with worries, low mood or stresses and pressures. Find out more here.

Bushfire Care Navigation Support

Care Navigators from Barnardos Australia (in the Shoalhaven area) and MacKillop Family Services (in Southern NSW) will help connect people requiring support for their physical and/or mental wellbeing with timely and appropriate care services.

Bushfire Support Counselling - CatholicCare

Provides free counselling to support individuals, families and communities impacted by bushfires. Visit the CatholicCare website here, or view the flyer.

Complex Mental Health - Grand Pacific Health

Provides mental health nursing support and peer worker support to people with complex mental health needs for the Illawarra and Southern NSW regions. Visit the Grand Pacific Health website here.

Complex Mental Health - Flourish Australia

Provides individual and group psychosocial support services to people with complex mental health needs in the South Eastern NSW region. Visit the Flourish Australia website here.


COORDINARE funds five headspace centres across the region, located in Bega Valley, Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Nowra and WollongongAn interim service is also being set up in Batemans Bay, and will operate until the full headspace centre is established later this year.

Improving Physical Health (peer coaching and physical education) - NEAMI

Health promotion delivered by trained peer health coaches that addresses poor physical health, particularly overweight and obesity related chronic conditions, commonly experienced by people who have a mental illness. Visit the Neami website here.

Psychological therapies - Grand Pacific Health

Provides individually tailored, flexible psychological therapies primarily through face-to-face consultations across South Eastern NSW. Visit the Grand Pacific Health website here.

Psychological therapies - Royal Far West

Provides telehealth mental health services to children aged 0-15 years and their families in Southern NSW and the Shoalhaven. Find out more here.

Psychiatry Support Line for GPs – ProCare Mental Health Services

This is a free service for GPs who require psychiatry advice on the phone or via secure messaging. Jointly funded by COORDINARE, Central and Eastern Sydney, Hunter New England and Central Coast, Murrumbidgee, Northern Sydney, Western NSW, North Coast and Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Networks (PHNs), it is exclusively for GPs practising in these regions. Find out more here.

Rural Outreach Mental Health Service

Provides support to people with complex mental heath issues via specialist mental health treatment in Southern NSW and the Shoalhaven. Find out more here.

Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services

COORDINARE funds the four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the South Eastern NSW region, as well as an after hours support service for the Shoalhaven region. This service is delivered by Waminda and the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation for local Aboriginal people who are experiencing suicidality, acute mental illness, and/or alcohol and other drug issues. 

The South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation are also funded to deliver culturally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention education and training programs in local schools. See our Aboriginal health page for more information.

For more information on how commissioning works, click here.

Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hours)

Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour, 7 days a week crisis support and suicide prevention services.

beyondblue - 1300 22 4636  

beyondblue provides 24 hour, 7 days a week information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

QLife - 1800 184 527 

QLife operates from 3pm to midnight, 7 days a week providing anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

To find a service near you, or other helpline services click here.

Below is a list of useful resources and links for those needing further information or support:

  1. Podcast part 1: 'Tathra bushfire, 12 months on' with clinical psychologist Dr David Younger
  2. Podcast part 2: 'Disaster recovery takes time' with Anne Leadbeater, recovery coordinator following the 2009 Black Saturday fires in Victoria.

Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 if you are in need of immediate assistance, or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.