WITH mental health in the Murrumbidgee remaining a strong cause for concern, the team at Headspace Griffith want you to know they're here to help.
Completely free services that will help get your life back on track are only a phone call away, with a consortium of institutions willing to lend a helping hand right now.
Rowena Gilbey and Cassandra Campbell-Smith from Headspace Griffith sat down with The Area News to talk about the services they can provide.
"We work in trying to support young people in four key areas," Ms Gilbey explained.
"We've got the mental health side of things, drug and alcohol support, employment and education.
"We have a number of groups linked with us and we all work together to deliver the best results we possibly can, it's given us so many feel-good stories."
The duo spoke about the lack of access to mental health services in the MIA, particularly for young people, prior to the arrival of Headspace in Griffith four years ago.
"It has just been absolutely roaring for the community," Ms Campbell-Smith said.
"It still can be quite daunting, there have been some kids that don't know how they feel about walking into somewhere that's labelled as 'mental health'.
It can be scary because it's addressing issues, but at the same time you walk into the centre and you automatically start feeling at ease, you can see there's nothing clinical about this place."
The Murrumbidgee currently has one of the highest suicide rates in Australia, which has left community members in a state of shock.
Headspace Griffith are working to overcome the issue, helping locals address their concerns and implement strategies to improve an individual's mindset.
"We are certainly trying, it's a major focus of ours," Ms Gilbey said.
"I think some of the ways that we have already tried to approach that situation is by developing really positive relationships with schools in the area and TAFE."
"We don't want them to reach that stage, we don't want them to reach crisis," Ms Campbell-Smith added.
"Outside of their sessions with us, they can practice self-calm, self-regulation.
"I think that in itself is going to show in statistics."