Mental Health

South Western Sydney PHN supports a range of mental health services within the South Western Sydney region. These services include those accessible through GP referral and self-refer programs.

The GP referral services include: You in Mind, Star4Kids, Credentialed Mental Health Service and the Clinical Suicide Prevention Service. These services aim to meet the mental health needs of a number of key priority groups under a stepped model of care ranging from low intensity support through to severe and complex needs.

To access these services #talktoyourgp. Read more about these services here

South Western Sydney PHN has also commissioned established mental health service providers, Bolton Clarke and Lifeline, to support people directly, no referral needed, with their mental health needs.

New Access, developed by beyondblue, will provide a low intensity cognitive behaviour therapy program that helps people set practical goals and deal with the early signs of depression and anxiety via the phone or through face-to-face support. NewAccess is run by Bolton Clarke.

South Western Sydney PHN has also responded to significant need for a regional response to suicide prevention by commissioning Lifeline Macarthur.

Those needing to access these two services do not need a referral.

For more information use the links below



Those with a mental illness often have differences in their thinking, mood or behaviour associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. Examples include: mood disorders like major depression and bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety, personality and eating disorders.

In South Western Sydney more than 102 000 people aged 15 – 85 years can be diagnosed with a common mental illness in any one year. These include: 44 155 with any mood disorder (including depression), 36 321 with any substance disorder, 142 437 with any common mental disorder, and another 3560 with a psychotic disorder.


Five Ways to Wellbeing is a mental health campaign from South Western Sydney Local Health District’s mental wellbeing team.

The campaign is based on the following principles:

  • Connect - with the people around you, your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and spend time developing these relationships
  • Give - of your time, your presence, your words, volunteering
  • Be Active - do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood
  • Keep Learning - embrace new experiences and opportunities
  • Take Notice - be mindful, appreciate little things, savour the moment, be in the moment.

By doing these five things every day, people can achieve better mental wellbeing.

For more information see their website.


Talk to your GP to access a mental health service in your region, or for more information on mental health.