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CCPC Rebrands and Wins Major Tender for Suicide Prevention Service on the Central Coast
Their services are now expanding throughout New South Wales, with recruitment of staff in Taree, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour underway to provide specialised mental health services to people in those communities.
One of their newest programs, The Way Back Support Service, has officially launched on the Central Coast to support people during the critical three-month period following a suicide attempt, when they are at high risk of attempting again.
The service, designed by Beyond Blue, will be delivered by Coast & Country Primary Care. It was commissioned by The Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN) and is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and NSW Health.
Coast & Country Primary Care CEO, Michelle Bradbury, says “The Way Back Support Services is an amazing initiative from Beyond Blue that we are proud to be delivering to people here on the Central Coast. As a mental health specialist organisation, we are familiar with the impact that attempted suicide has on the individual, their support networks, and the whole community. We are proud to be able to provide this service in our community.”
People will be referred to the program from local hospitals and will be assigned a Suicide Prevention Support Coordinator to guide them through their recovery. Coordinators offer people non-clinical care such as helping build a personalised safety plan and linking them to health and community services, and clinical care if needed.
Beyond Blue Chief Services Officer, Alastair Stott, said The Way Back provides critical support for people after they leave hospital.
“The Way Back addresses a significant gap in the current service system and eases people’s distress by guiding them towards the right support and informing them about how to stay safe,” Mr Stott said.
“Coordinators provide people with practical support for improving their situation so they can find their way back to life.”
Mental health professionals are available at the Beyond Blue Support Service via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3PM – 12AM AEST or email responses within 24 hours).
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