Health message with coffee

22nd Sep 2020

Coffee lovers were able to enjoy a free cup "on HealthWISE" when they visited Guyra's Woolly Lamb Cafe last Thursday morning.
The health organisation shouted the morning rush in coffee shops throughout the region in an effort to work with local country businesses and give customers a break.
Jillyian Jopson, a primary health care nurse from Glen Innes was on hand with free health information and health checks.
The free coffee came with a reminder to check in with friends and family as part of RUOK Day and World Suicide Prevention Day.
Customers were offered resources on how to start a conversation on mental health and information on a free Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN counselling service called Mind Health.
HealthWISE has long supported mental health in the community and offers a range of services across the region, including mental health clinicians, lived experience, Aboriginal outreach, drought and bushfire relief.
HealthWISE Senior Mental Health Clinician Anne Galloway said that the words 'Are you ok?' were simple, but could have a far-reaching effect for those struggling with mental illness, contemplating suicide or working through grief.
She acknowledged that it can be difficult to know how to react when someone tells you that they are not ok, which is why coffee drinkers were offered information on Mind Health.
Funded by the Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN, locals can call
1300 029 131 or visit to access free professional counselling. It allows more focused intervention as participants can access the same counsellor for multiple sessions.

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