More mental health support

No general practitioner referral or mental health plan is needed to access the service.

Young people in the Macedon Ranges will be able to access free counselling services at a location that suits them, under a new locally available support service.

A new mental health outreach worker is engaging with schools and families to help young people work through matters affecting their wellbeing such as relationship challenges, identity issues, grief and health concerns.

This role within Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health (SCCH) has been made possible thanks to funding from Bendigo Bank’s Gisborne and District Community Bank.

Outreach worker Danielle Bell comes to the role with a social work background and has held a number of youth support roles including in foster care, crisis accommodation, schools and in the prison sector.

Ms Bell said they hope to reduce the barriers for local young people accessing mental health support.

“We can help with anxiety, depression or any stressful life event that is impacting your ability to attend school, work, or affecting the enjoyment of your usual day-to-day activities,” she said.

“We know how hard it can be to take that first step towards seeking help.

“Cost and waiting lists can be a barrier as well as finding a counsellor that you can see discretely at a place and a time that suits you.”

No general practitioner referral or mental health plan is needed, and residents can contact SCCH to access the service.

Details: 5421 1666 or