Mental health and suicide prevention
Murray PHN's strategic health priorities include the health issues that have the greatest impact on the lives of our community such as mental health.
Based on ABS Census 2016 data, the Murray PHN catchment population is estimated as 644,457 people. It is estimated that 19.6 per cent of the population (aged 18 to 85 years) will experience mental ill health. This equates to approximately 126,314 people across the Murray PHN catchment.
Core to our approach is to design and strengthen a primary mental health system that is aligned to a stepped care approach. This means that services and supports need to be available across a continuum of care that matches client needs – and not a one size fits all approach. We support health services to work together and coordinate care.
Murray PHN has been commissioned by the Commonwealth of Australia to improve the health outcomes for people living within the Murray PHN catchment. We know that we cannot address health needs by funding additional services alone so, in addition to funding services, we work closely with health services, clients, carers and communities to develop models that suit the local context and capability.
Murray PHN mental health activities
Stepped Care services | The Stepped Care model is a person-centered approach, meaning that the care provided to a person is targeted to their most current needs and not a one size fits all. Services that are funded by Murray PHN fall in two broad categories: Psychological Therapy Services and Primary Mental Health Clinical Care Coordination (for further information, including a list of commissioned services, see resources below).
headspace | headspace is an enhanced primary care model that addresses the unique barriers that young people face accessing mental health support. With a focus on early intervention, headspace provides young people (12 - 25 years old) and their families with support at a crucial time in their lives – through 100+ national headspace centres, online services and clinical programs across Australia.
Suicide prevention | In partnership with the Victorian Government, Murray PHN is developing and delivering place-based suicide prevention strategies in Mildura and Benalla – two of 12 sites where the state government is trailing this initiative. Project officers are working to coordinate strategies that address local priorities, engaging and consulting with community, looking at data and using an evidence-base as a foundation for decision-making.
StepCare in General Practice | StepCare is an innovative digital mental health assessment and intervention program delivered in general practice waiting rooms. The stepped care model is based on a person-centred approach, aiming to increase early intervention and prevention of mental health issues, thus providing the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter | Murray PHN created the Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter with Hume and Loddon Mallee Murray Partners in Recovery (PIR) programs, to encourage organisations to adopt the right behaviours and practices and build an environment where employees and customers living with mental illness feel supported and understood.
Partners in Recovery | Partners in Recovery (PIR) is an initiative to better support people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs. PIR assists with the multiple sectors, services and supports they come into contact with, and could benefit from, to work in a more collaborative, coordinated and integrated way.
For health professionals
For information about commissioned primary mental health services within our region, including PTS and PMHCCC eligibility criteria, program guidelines and local referral pathways click here.
- Ambulance (000) If you need urgent help, please call triple zero
- Lifeline, who provide 24-hour crisis counseling, support groups and suicide prevention services. Call 13 11 14.
- Suicide Call Back Service provides 24/7 support if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal. Call 1300 659 467.
- headtohealth is an online gateway funded by the Australian Government that can help you find free and low-cost, trusted phone and online mental health resources.