The website offers a directory of mental health and social emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention, and support after suicide services.
The Ballarat Mental Health Support website was launched in 2022 as part of The Ballarat Suicide Prevention Place-Based Trial (BSPPBT). The website is an initiative of the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) in partnership with the BSPPBT Leadership Group and the Victorian government. The website is maintained and monitored by Ballarat Community Health (BCH).
The purpose of the website is to support individuals in the Ballarat Goldfields region to navigate and access local, state-wide, and national programs and services to support mental health and wellbeing and to reduce the risk, death, and impact of suicide.
The website was developed with input from people with a lived experience of suicidality and/or mental illness, as well as family members and carers, and service providers in the Ballarat Goldfields region.
You can search for the services that best meet your needs by answering a few simple questions, or by typing what you’re looking for into the search bar.
If you’d prefer to talk to someone about finding the right services for you, you can call Head to Health on 1800 595 212 from Monday to Friday 8.30am–5pm (except public holidays).
This website also has a resource section, which includes a number of links to trusted websites with information on a variety of topics across the categories of mental health and social emotional wellbeing, suicide prevention and support after a suicide.
The Ballarat Mental Health Support website has been developed by the Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN), to support people in the Ballarat Goldfields region to navigate and access local, state-wide, and national programs and services to support mental health and wellbeing and to reduce the risk, death, and impact of suicide.
The Australian Government established Primary Health Networks (PHNs) to increase the efficiency of health services, reduce fragmentation of care and improve health outcomes for everyone, especially for the most vulnerable. There are 31 PHNs in Australia and six in Victoria.
WVPHN functions to facilitate the delivery of best practice primary health care across the Western Victoria region which comprises 21 local government areas and a total population of approximately 618,000 people.
To learn more about WVPHN, visit their website below.