23 August 2021
The Morrison Government is providing $17.7 million to rapidly establish 10 Head to Health pop up mental health support sites for areas currently facing extended COVID-19 restrictions in and around Greater Sydney, including on the Central Coast.
Federal Liberal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP said the Head to Health centres will offer COVID-safe face-to-face services, as well as video and phone supported mental health and assessment services.
“I have been advised by the Hunter, New England, Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN) that a pop-up Head to Health centre will be established on the Central Coast,” Ms Wicks said.
“The Primary Health Network anticipate that the centre will be up and running in 6 to 8 weeks.
“These mental health pop-up clinics will be an important support for our community.
“The COVID-19 outbreak and Greater Sydney lockdown has put incredible stress and mental health pressure on many local residents, some of which live alone and feel isolated at this time.
“My message to Coasties is that you’re not alone.
“We can get through this together, by taking the time to check in on family and friends to make sure they are ok.”
The Head to Health centres across NSW will offer a range of mental health services and will remain in operation until June 2022.
The Morrison Government has also provided funding, in partnership with the NSW Government, for the $17.35 million ‘Lockdown Lifeline’ package for NSW, which is assisting mental health services like Lifeline, Kids Helpline, headspace and the Butterfly Foundation to increase their support.
Mental health support for Australians
• Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800 or https://kidshelpline.com.au/
• headspace – 1800 650 890 or www.headspace.org.au
• Lifeline – 13 11 14
• Head to Health – www.headtohealth.gov.au
• Butterfly Foundation (for eating disorder support) – 1800 33 4673 or www.butterfly.org.au
• Beyond Blue 24/7 Coronavirus Wellbeing Support Service – 1800 512 348 or https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/