Strong Minds Western NSW
Strong Minds Western NSW aims to provide access to free, effective treatment for people with a mild to moderate mental illness living in the Western NSW region. Strong Minds enables patients to access short-term psychological interventions within a primary care setting.
The service will deliver focused psychological services for people with a diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness in under serviced groups including:
- People from rural, remote and under-serviced areas
- Children under the age of 12 years
- People experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness
- Women experiencing perinatal depression
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- Designated high need population groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people at risk of suicide but not acutely suicidal, and young people
Strong Minds is NOT a crisis service or a service for those in an acute phase of illness.
To get help in a crisis situation, call the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 or in an emergency call triple zero.
Strong Minds services are available in towns throughout the Central, North, South and Far West of NSW.
To access Strong Minds Western NSW, individuals will need to see their GP for a referral and to have a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) completed; GPs will then forward the referral and MHTP to the Marathon Health Centralised Intake Service.
For Children under 12, a Child Treatment Plan (CTP) can be completed in place of a MHTP. Child referrals must be signed and consented to by a parent or carer.
To access the referral document and MHTP templates, please refer to our Document Templates page.
Centralised Intake Service contact details:
Referral Secure Fax Line: (02) 6882 7224
Referral Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once a referral has been assessed and if accepted, the Intake team will forward the referral to the relevant clinician. The clinician will make contact with the client to commence sessions. The GP will be notified of the referral acceptance and clinician details.
If your patient does not have a GP mental health treatment plan, they will need to see a doctor who can establish one prior to the first Strong Minds episode of care.
Strong Minds Western NSW services are available in a variety of locations throughout Western NSW. For a list of specific towns, click here.
The Marathon Health Strong Minds service operates Mon – Fri 9-5pm excluding public holidays. The Secure fax and email are not monitored out of office hours (this include public holidays).
For further information please refer to our Mental Health Resources page.