Armadale Family Connections TM

The Family Connections program is designed to provide parents, spouses, adult children and siblings the knowledge and skills that will be helpful to them for their own wellbeing in living with a relative with borderline personality disorder (BPD).  The program also helps those relatives build a support network with other individuals with a relative with BPD.
See details here BPD FLYER ARMADALE.

Mind Recovery College Bang the Drum for Carers – Mind Tour

Mind Recovery College invite you to attend an event in your area for the Bang the Drum for Carers – Mind tour

After two years of intensive research and development, Mind is releasing a range of new materials and resources to support their work with families and carers.  They are also showcasing local initiatives and raising the profile of carers.  It is expected that all staff will attend one of the events across the tour.  Families and carers are also most welcome.


Mind Recovery College Cheltenham event is on 24 February 2016, contact number is Christine Wille (03) 8640 5622.

Alfred Health Carer Services

Support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues in the Southern Region of Melbourne (January 2016)
This brochure has been updated and features publicly funded services specifically for Mental Health carers. If you would like multiple copies of this brochure sent to you, please contact Lindy Alcorn Ph: 9076 6204 to clarify numbers required and a relevant postal address.

You can access the brochure via the following link.

For support groups specific to mental health, please view brochure.  (This brochure has not been updated yet.)

Mental Health Act Amendment Act 2015

The Mental Health Amendment Act 2015 has made a number of amendments to the Mental Health Act 2014 to remove uncertainty and assist clinicians to deliver services consistent with the objectives and principles of the legislation. The Mental Health Amendment Act fully commenced on 25 November 2015.  See attached link for more information.

Information Sheet on Mental Health Amendment Act 2015

Serious Fun Wednesday 20 January 2016

Serious Fun is a program specifically designed for primary aged children who have been bereaved by suicide. The program combines art and craft with a range of fun activities making it “a little bit Serious and a whole lot of Fun”. While the children are occupied, parents have the opportunity to have a coffee and a chat in a separate room. The program will help children by:

Reducing isolation
Allowing them to share their story
Enabling expression of emotions
Developing creative expression
Meeting other children bereaved by suicide

The theme for the January program is, “Getting to know the person who died”.
The first Serious Fun program for 2016 is scheduled for next Wednesday 20 January from 10am to 1pm at Clifton Hall, behind Gallery 314, at 314 Church St, Richmond 3121

For more information or to register, please call Support After Suicide on (03) 9421 7640 or email

Carers Week 11-18 October 2015

For information about the many and varied events over the week go to:

Carers Week 2015 – Alfred Health Carer Services

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.  It will be celebrated Australia-wide from 11-17 October.  Come and join us! Carers in Melbourne’s south and southeast are invited to join us for morning tea and a light lunch at either the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club in Frankston or The International, Bay Street, Brighton.  Bookings essential and places are limited.  See full details here.

For Carers Victoria listings see:

For Alfred Health Carer Services listings on Friday Extra see:

EVENTS for MENTAL HEALTH WEEK and CARERS WEEK…Please RSVP to these ASAP if you’re interested…

Fluro Friday!
Come along to this community mental health event and wear FLURO, to make the invisible, visible. It is promising to be a fun day out with a BBQ, and fun activities, like walking, beach yoga, and much more! See the flyer here.
When: Friday 9 October, 10.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Mordialloc Life Saving Club, Beach Road, Mordialloc

Caring for yourself – A workshop for carers on 7 October from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.
Jewish Care has teamed up with Carers Victoria to offer this free workshop for carers in honour of Mental Health Week. In this 2-hour workshop, you will explore why your health and wellbeing are important, and discuss and share strategies to help you look after yourself. A light afternoon tea will be provided. Places are limited, so please remember to RSVP to ensure you don’t miss out.
See flyer for details Caring for Yourself Workshop – Jewish Care Victoria

For Carers living in the Cities of Glen Eira and Port Phillip
FREE Film event on Monday 12 October to celebrate Carers Week
See flyer Carers Week Film Session

Carers Day(s) on the Peninsula
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 10:30 AM until Thursday, October 15, 2015 6:30 PM
Carers Day acknowledges the thousands of carers on the Mornington Peninsula who look after people with disabilities, people who are frail aged, people with mental illness and people who are unwell. It is a small way of saying thank you and giving carers an opportunity to enjoy some quality “me time”. Enjoy a guided tour of the Salon des Refuses exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery with morning or afternoon tea provided. For more details please call Ph: 5950 1685.

2015 Young Carers Festival
Come along to the Young Carers Festival, with many attractions likes soccer, petting zoo, photo booth, face painting, silent disco, nail art, video games and more!
When: Saturday 17 October 11am-4pm
Where: St Kilda Town Hall
See invitation here.  young carers festival – A3 V2

Inner South Family and Friends Film Afternoon Sunday 18 October 2015
To celebrate Carers Week 2015 we are inviting you to join us to see ‘The Intern’ at the Classic Cinema, 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick on Sunday 18 October; cost is $5 concession, $10 non concession.  Refreshments will be available in the foyer at 1.15pm, the film will commence at about 2pm.  Please RSVP by 14 October 2015 to ISFAF on 03 9076 4713, email, or Marlene on 03 9690 7789, mobile 0422 536 241.