Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

We all have a role to play in supporting mental health and suicide prevention. This resources page is intended to help both communities and businesses in how they support local mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention and to help promote positive messages and safe language around these topics.

National Communication Charter

MPHN is a signatory to the National Communication Charter to show our commitment to how we, as an organisation communicate about mental health and wellbeing, social and emotional wellbeing, mental ill-health and suicide prevention. Individuals and organisations can sign The Charter and we would encourage you to consider joining us as a signatory. Learn more here about how you can become a signatory to the National Communication Charter.

Evidence-based training

Often everyday community members are looking for suitable mental health and suicide prevention training. We recommend sourcing an evidence-based training to ensure you are receiving information that is supported by research, and has been tested to provide better outcomes for people in need.

Download the list of evidence-based training here.

Question. Persuade. Refer.

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) training is a one-hour, online suicide prevention training that’s free for people living in the Murrumbidgee region. The program is part of LifeSpan Murrumbidgee which is an integrated, systems approach to suicide prevention through building a community safety net.

Learn more about QPR here or for more information about LifeSpan Murrumbidgee visit the website.

Get social

Download a selection of social media images here. We recommend the following help-seeking message be added to your social media post accompanying the image:

If you or someone you know needs support contact Murrumbidgee Accessline: 1800 800 944; NSW Mental Health Line: 1800 011 511; Lifeline: 13 11 14; or call 000 in an emergency.

Special thanks to Wellways for making some of these resources available for wider public use. These images have been developed ensuring safe language and imagery. If you would like to contribute to this library of safe social media tiles, please email us - media@mphn.org.au.

Local support

For a person to acknowledge when they're experiencing mental health issues and seeking help can be difficult. The mental health system can be complicated and it can be hard to know where to go for support.

General Practitioner (GP)

If you, or someone you know needs mental health support, a good place to start is the local GP. Many GPs are used to dealing with depression and other mental health issues. Some take a special interest and undertake additional training in the area. A GP may conduct an initial general check-up to identify whether there are any physical causes to your symptoms. 

Local support lines

Perhaps talking to someone over the phone is your preference. The two hotlines below have clinicians available to help support and refer people living in the Murrumbidgee region.

  • Mental Health Central Intake 1800 931 603 (during business hours).

  • Murrumbidgee Accessline 1800 800 944 (24/7) for mental health and alcohol and other drug support.

Need help now?

If emergency help is required, call 000.

Call the following numbers for free, confidential support 24/7 from trained specialist counsellors.

  • Lifeline 13 11 14

  • Mensline 1300 78 99 78

  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (supporting ages 5 - 25)

  • beyondblue 1300 224 636

  • Open Arms 1800 011 046 (supporting Veterans and their families)

  • QLife 1800 184 527 (supporting the LGBTI community. NB: this line is only operational between 3pm - midnight, everyday)

Online resources

There are many online resources available, and we recommend visiting headtohealth.gov.au which has links to many reputable resources.

MPHN funded services

If you would like to learn more about the mental health support services funded by MPHN, click here. MPHN also funds the Murrumbidgee Community Grants initiative to fund community-led activities to help support mental health and wellbeing in our drought affected communities. There are also opportunities for workforce capability projects. Learn more about the grants here.