New free adult Mental Health Hub opens its doors in Bega

14 March 2024

People living in the Bega Valley and surrounding communities can now access a free, new walk-in mental health service for adults who may be experiencing moderate psychological distress.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Kristy McBain MP said, “I am delighted that more people in our region can now get the help they need with the opening of the new Bega Mental Health Hub.

“This service will improve access to and awareness of mental health care, especially for people who haven’t previously accessed mental health supports. This service is free and no appointment or referral is needed - people can simply walk in or call the hub directly,” she said.

According to Darren Carr, Mental Health Manager with COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN, “Bega Mental Health Hub is a safe and welcoming space to connect with if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing difficulties with their mental health or social and emotional wellbeing.

“The Bega service is one of five Mental Health Hubs and two Head to Health Centres opening in South Eastern NSW in 2024, funded by the Australian Government and
commissioned by COORDINARE.

“The new Bega Mental Health Hub has been co-designed with services and the community to target local needs. Provided by Directions Health the hub offers support to improve wellbeing and mental health, either in-person, over the phone, virtual or group sessions,” said Mr Carr.

Ms Nikki Jordan Director, NSW Treatment Services, Directions Health said, “Even if you have never sought support before, we welcome you to reach out to our Hub. Our team will provide a confidential and trauma-informed service to you and/or your family and friends.

“We have a small team of multidisciplinary staff, including mental health clinicians and peer workers with lived experience. We will work with you to develop a care plan that identifies your needs and priorities.

“If you would like us to, we will collaborate with other services that can also support you in your recovery. If you have specialist needs (e.g. child psychology, family therapy or other acute needs) we will work with you to identify and warmly connect you with the right service.

“People of any age, including yourself, your family, friends, carers, GPs or other health professionals can contact our service directly, or through the Head to Health phoneline, to talk to a trained and friendly professional who will help you access the best support or service for you,” said Ms Jordan.

Learn more about the Mental Health Hubs and how to access support here.


Pictured: From left Darren Carr, COORDINARE's Mental Health Commissioning Manager, Kristy McBain MP, Member for Eden-Monaro and Nikki Jordan, NSW Treatment Services, Directions Health.

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