Strong Minds in Murrumbidgee
Strong Minds aims to provide access to free, effective treatment for people with a mental illness living in the Murrumbidgee region. Strong Minds enables patients to access short-term psychological interventions within a primary care setting.
The service will deliver focused psychological services for hard to reach groups including:
- People from rural, remote and under-serviced areas (people living in towns with no MBS providers)
- Individuals who experience complex and severe mental illness and would benefit from psychological services as part of a comprehensive care arrangement
- People who self-harm or who are at risk of suicide (including those who have had a suicide attempt and those bereaved by suicide or loss)
- Children and young people aged 0-24
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accessing mainstream general practices
- People who have experienced trauma
- Women with or at risk of perinatal depression
- People at risk of or experiencing homelessness
- People with advanced chronic illness
- People who engage in risky alcohol and/or other drug use
- Individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- People at risk of, or experiencing, an eating disorder
- People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex
Strong Minds is NOT a crisis service or a service for those in an acute phase of illness.
To get help, call the AccessLine on 1800 800 944 or in an emergency call triple zero.
Strong Minds services are available in a variety of locations throughout the Murrumbidgee area.
To access Strong Minds, 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 Murrumbidgee PHN Central 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.
Once a referral has been assessed and accepted by Murrumbidgee PHN, information will be sent to Marathon Health for service delivery.
Murrumbidgee PHN Central Intake Service contact details:
Referral Phone Line: (02) 6923 3195
Referral Secure Fax Line: (02) 6921 9911
Referral Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your patient does not have a GP mental health treetment plan, they will need to see a doctor who can establish one prior to the first Strong Minds session.
The Marathon Health Strong Minds service operates Mon – Fri 9-5pm excluding public holidays. The Information Line is not monitored out of office hours (this include public holidays).
GPs (and referrers) should note that referrals are attended to by the Murrumbidgee PHN during office hours as this is not an urgent/high risk service.
For further information please refer to our Mental Health Resources page.