Group of people who work in mental health, alcohol and drug services

Lifeline, headspace and LHD – from left to right Ash Kady Senior Operations Manager Lifeline North Coast, Giselle Tomkinson Clinician IMHAOD Disaster Recovery team, Angela Martin CEO Lifeline North Coast, Suzanne O’Donnell Operations Manager headspace Coffs Harbour and Sage Green Suicide Prevention Coordinator IMHAOD.

Mind your mates Annual Phoenix Shield Suicide Prevention round

Jul 02, 2024

Our Integrated Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs (IMHAOD) team attended the Annual Phoenix Shield Suicide Prevention round on 15 June.

The Coffs Comets secured a win over the Sawtell Panthers to win back the shield after losing last year.

IMHAOD staff joined Lifeline, headpsace, Social Futures, EACH, New Horizons, Wellways, Mission Australia and Coffs Coast Suicide Prevention initiative representatives to put on family activities.

IMHAOD team’s information site generated a lot of interest with their sensory table and card-making activities. The team spoke with people about how touch, feel, smell and taste can help us feel happier or calmer.

“Suicide prevention across the Mid North Coast is a team effort and we are grateful for our strong relationships across mental and suicide prevention sector as well as the broader community,” Penny Jones, Director Integrated Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs said.

“Connecting with the football community is key to encouraging players, families and communities to reach out if they need support around their wellbeing”.

The day was overcast and cold but the children warmed things up with their enthusiasm for activities and engaging in conversations with service providers about wellbeing and caring for each other.

“It was such a great day. We had beautiful conversations with players, children, young people and adults around caring for ourselves and others,” Sage Green, Suicide Prevention and Aftercare Coordinator said.

“We will all experience ups and downs in our mental health and it’s important not to go through the low points alone. There is support available.”

Congratulations to Lifeline North Coast for leading this great annual event. We look forward to going to the Gumbaynggirr Raiders – NAIDOC WEEK – Suicide Prevention – Mental Health Match Sunday 7 July in Toormina.

This event was funded through the Coffs Coast Community Collaborative.  

Important numbers to call if you need support:


Head to Health

For mental health advice and support, call Head to Health on 1800 595 212. They can help you access the local mental health services and supports that are right for you. Hours around between 8.30am – 5pm weekdays (except public holidays).

Mental Health Line

The 1800 011 511 Mental Health Line is NSW Health’s 24/7 statewide phone service which links people with NSW Health mental health services.

24/7 Crisis support services

  • Lifeline 13 11 14 
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • 13YARN 13 92 76
  • Suicide Call back service 1300 659 467

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