Loddon Healthy Minds Network

The Loddon Healthy Minds Network was formed in 2007 to actively pursue mental health issues as they related to residents of the entire Loddon Shire. As a very large rural shire, many mental health services available to city and regional residents were not available in Loddon. Many Loddon residents also did not know how to avail themselves of the services that were available in Bendigo and Melbourne. The Network is auspiced by the Loddon Shire Council and therefore has the ability to raise issues at State Government level. Ultimately, it is the Victorian State Government that has responsibility for the availability and type of mental health services in Loddon and beyond.

The Network aims to build  an awareness with the general public, educating people experiencing mental health issues and their carers about services available, advocating on behalf of the whole community to improve mental health support, promoting the Network and its services in the Loddon Shire and developing and nurturing partnerships with other relevant agencies and community groups; In addition to the Network, there are opportunities to form Mental Health Support Groups in the Shire who can  provide information and raise issues concerning mental health in an overall capacity. The Network will then deal with these issues at an appropriate level and seek to have them resolved or acted upon.

For further information please click on this link the Loddon Healthy Minds Network website. 


2022 Art Competition

In an effort to continue to raise awareness of mental health within the Loddon community, the Loddon Healthy Minds Network has conducted their art competition again this year.

We had had 136 eligible entries across eight schools in the Loddon region, ranging from Grade Prep to Year 12, our largest amount of entries since the competition begun. We did not have any entries in the Literature or Open section.

Judging has now been completed with all of the winners announced on the Loddon Healthy Minds Network Events webpage HERE

We would like to congratulate Samantha Arnup in Year 12 at Wedderburn College for winning the Best In Schools prize for this year. Samantha's artwork met the theme "Tune into your mental wellbeing" and represents First Thing In The Morning: "Taking time in the morning to set yourself up mentally (Spotify)".


The category themes guided the entrants as they developed their entries. The themes were chosen to challenge entrants to explore why mental health is important to everyone, and ways to challenge mental health stigma.

Open Section &

Students Yrs. 9 - 12

Theme 1: "Find joy in the ordinary"


Theme 2: "Tune into your mental wellbeing"

Students Yrs/Grades. 5 - 8:   

Theme 1: “Find joy in the ordinary” 


Theme 2: "Thinking healthy thoughts"

Students Grades Prep - 2:   

Colouring competition - A4 poster provided

Theme: "Find joy in the ordinary"

Students Grades 3 & 4:

Colouring competition - A4 poster provided

Theme: "Thinking healthy thoughts"


For further information and to view the artwork entries, please head to the Loddon Healthy Minds Network 2022 Art Competition Events page through this link


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