Health and Wellbeing

Hear2Talk

‘Hear2Talk’ is a free, peer-run, confidential and independent phone support line for all workers across NSW. People in the workplace are welcome to call the line if they need someone to talk to for workplace wellbeing support, information and on referral to appropriate services. 

A few key features of the service include: 

·       Available 7 days a week, including after business hours from 12pm-8pm. 

·       Option for follow-up calls to see how you’re progressing.  

·       Call-back back service to ensure you get timely support.  

·       Access to additional support if required. 

Hear2Talk can be reached on 1300 H2 TALK (1300 428 255).   

Please find attached the program flyer, or visit the website (https://www.neaminational.org.au/find-services/hear2talk/) for additional details. 

The Hear2Talk team are also available to join you workplace team meetings (online), to share more information about the service if you’d like. Feel free to reach out to arrange this, or if you have any questions – hear2talk@neaminational.org.au / 0438 458 846. 


13YARN has launched

13YARN is the first national crisis support line for mob who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping — offering a confidential one-on-one yarning opportunity with a Lifeline trained Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter, who can provide crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

13YARN empowers community with the opportunity to yarn without judgement and provide a culturally safe space to speak about needs, worries or concerns.

If you, or someone you know, are feeling worried or no good, we encourage you to connect with 13YARN on 13 92 76 (24 hours/7 days) and talk with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter.

FIRST NATIONS SUPPORT



Women, Health and Wellbeing, Disability

Creative Minds Course

The Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (IWDVCAS) and Family Advocacy Support Service (FASS) are services of Women Illawarra. 

We have 27 WDVCAS based across NSW, we’re a not-for-profit organisation. 

For those that don’t know we work in partnership with NSW Police Force, NSW Local Courts, the Department of Justice and a range of other stakeholders such as housing and health services. We service the areas between Helensburgh and Gerroa.

Our service provides women and their children with information, support, advocacy and safety planning where appropriate. We also provide referrals to other services including housing, counselling, financial assistance or health services. We work with solicitors from the Domestic Violence Unit or Domestic Violence Duty Scheme, who can provide legal advice on matters including Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs), financial advice, family law, immigration and other issues. 

Our service assists:

  • Women and their children who are or have been experiencing domestic and family violence, with their legal, social and welfare needs.
  • 16 years or older
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
  • Women from multi-cultural communities
  • Women living with a disability
  •  LGBTIQ women

In partnership with Kiama Community College we have created a course for women that have or/are living in domestic or family violence situations that may be living with a disability.  

This course is based around art, aromatherapy and photography and they will receive RPL at the end of the course.

If you have any clients that may be interested in this course please contact us via email or phone. Alternatively your client can contact us and we can complete all the paperwork to get her enrolled in the course.  

Rebecca Moulds
Domestic & Family Violence Specialist
Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service [IWDVCAS]

T: 02 4229 4604 

E: rebecca@womenillawarra.org.au  

Working Days: Monday, Tuesday – 9:30am-5:30pm, Thursday 8am-4pm


Health and Wellbeing

The Mindframe team wishes to advise the mental health and suicide prevention sectors of release of the podcast series ‘Enough’ by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, which was released on podcast platforms and online on 17th March, 2022. This is a six part series with episodes being released weekly (every Thursday).

  • Episode 1: Depression
  • Episode 2: Suicidal ideation
  • Episode 3: LGBTQI+ mental health
  • Episode 4: Anxiety
  • Episode 5: Eating disorders
  • Episode 6: Disadvantaged youths with YouthInSearch

This series has been developed by journalists from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and covers various issues relating to suicide and mental ill-health. The episodes include general information, voices of lived experience and expert opinion. The Mindframe team have listened to each episode and have provided advice to the producers and journalists regarding best practice communication about these issues. This included advice around the inclusion of content warnings, help-seeking information and advice around safe and non-stigmatising language. A list of the podcast’s themes are provided below to assist your organisation
in identifying appropriate levels of support for your communities.

Episodes of Enough will be released every Thursday from March 17 on APPLE, GOOGLE and SPOTIFY. Listen to Enough’s trailer. Listen to Enough’s first episode: ‘Nobody could see how sad I was’.

Audiences that may be impacted by this content may include:

  • People with lived experience of suicide
  • People with lived experience of disordered eating
  • People who identify as LGBTIQ+
  • People who have lived experience of mental ill-health
  • People who have lived experience of self-harm.

To promote safe and responsible conversations, the mental health and suicide prevention sectors are encouraged to highlight and disseminate appropriate resources to support these target audiences, in particular, young people in the LGBTIQ+ community and young people living with disordered eating.

We recommend promoting information about safe online communication about suicide and mental health including those aimed at young people such as Orygen’s #chatsafe guidelines.



Health and Wellbeing

Free and Low Cost Therapy and Groups for Children, Young People and Adults

ACAP Clinics currently have no waiting list for our therapy services to children, young people and adults.

The Clinic is staffed by final year Psychology/Clinical Psychology, Counselling/Psychotherapy and Social Work students on placement and offers a wide range of individual and group therapy options. Students are closely monitored and supervised by experienced senior clinicians and academics.

Services are delivered free – at no or very low cost (all fees waived currently in response to the pandemic).

Groups include Art for Happiness; Mindfulness; Compassionate Therapy; Social Anxiety and an International Students Wellbeing Group.

Referrals are accepted Australia wide, and services are delivered using Telehealth on Zoom. Face to face service is possible in some locations (Covid permitting).

We have clinic space in Sydney, and rooms in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Clients and families from regional and remote areas are very welcome to access our free services using Telehealth.

People can self-refer to the Clinic or via a warm referral from your service.

GP/Medicare referral is not required, and the service is available to all people regardless of visa status. Refugees and International Students are very welcome.

The Clinic values diversity and work with First Nations, CALD and LGBTQ+ people.

Children, adults, and young people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Backgrounds; Culturally or Linguistically Diverse; Queer and other communities are very welcome to make contact. People living with Disabilities are also very welcome at the Clinic

To book, refer, or for more information, visit The ACAP Psychology Clinic website; send us an email or call (02) 8236 8070.


Hear to Talk

‘Hear2Talk’ is a free, peer-run, confidential and independent phone support line for all workers across NSW. People in the workplace are welcome to call the line if they need someone to talk to for workplace wellbeing support, information and on referral to appropriate services. 

A few key features of the service include: 

·       Available 7 days a week, including after business hours from 12pm-8pm. 

·       Option for follow-up calls to see how you’re progressing.  

·       Call-back back service to ensure you get timely support.  

·       Access to additional support if required. 

Hear2Talk can be reached on 1300 H2 TALK (1300 428 255).   

Please find attached the program flyer, or visit the website (https://www.neaminational.org.au/find-services/hear2talk/) for additional details. 

The Hear2Talk team are also available to join you workplace team meetings (online), to share more information about the service if you’d like. Feel free to reach out to arrange this, or if you have any questions – hear2talk@neaminational.org.au / 0438 458 846. 



Natural disaster payments

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) is a lump sum payment to help if someone has been significantly affected by a disaster in a declared Local Government Area (LGA).

Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short term payment to help you if a disaster directly affects your income in a declared LGA.

There’s versions of both DRP and DRA for New Zealanders adversely affected by this emergency event.

More Local Government Areas (LGAs) may be declared eligible for these payments in the coming days. For up-to-date information, visit servicesaustralia.gov.au/disaster

Please find attached two factsheets for AGRDP and DRA that can be provided to customers and community groups.


Health and Wellbeing

Flourish

The past months have been a challenging time for many, however, our Flourish Wollongong centre is back!

Open Monday-Friday 9am till 3pm we are ready to take on new referrals.

Our Peer and Mental Health Workers currently have capacity to take on referrals for 1:1 community-based supports.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we would like additional information on 1300 779 270.


Lifeline Australia

DV-alert Multicultural 2-day Workshop

It’s important to consider unique issues and contexts faced by multicultural communities when dealing with domestic violence. 

Don’t let unfamiliarity stop you from helping. This workshop is for frontline workers and volunteers who have contact with people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Dates: 9–10 March in Wollongong

Suicide Prevention Training – Men aged 45+

Acknowledging that, of working aged men, those at the highest risk of dying by suicide are those aged 45+, this virtual training is contextualised towards supporting men in this age group.

Workshops held in March and April.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Learn how to prevent suicide by recognising signs, providing a skilled intervention, and developing a safety plan.

When: 9:00am–5:00pm, 17 & 18 March
Where: Shellharbour