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VMIAC Newsletter 11 September 2020


With everyone in Victoria experiencing greater isolation then normal, it is more important than ever to check in with yourself and loved ones. If you have lived experience of mental health or emotional distress and are also having trouble coping during COVID-19, contact our peer support workers through our CHECK-IN connection and support program. Find out more here!
CHECK-IN is not a crisis service. If you, or someone you know is in crisis, please call Lifeline or Beyond Blue.

We never talk about how valuable our lived experience can be to others. This mental health week we want to change that. From the 10th-18th October, we will be showcasing consumers’ contributions to community, both big and small. If you are interested in sharing your contributions, head over to our website to find out more!

La Trobe University are seeking volunteers for a study about mental health nurses. This survey is open to those with a lived experience of mental health issues as well as those working within the mental health space. Click here to find out more!

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Tandem eNews 17 March 2020

Dear Tandem members and supporters,

Due to the state of emergency recently announced by the Victorian Government based on COVID-19 health advice, Tandem has suspended all group meetings for the foreseeable future, however will continue to provide support to you via telephone on the Tandem Support and Referral line 1800 314 325.  

As you may be aware, many organisations have cancelled events and conferences, which are now being postponed to the end of the year.

We will continue to keep you updated in our ENEWS.

In regards to our Members’ Meeting with the Commissioners on April 7th we are now exploring ways to run this event remotely while providing you with the opportunity to send questions in and have them addressed by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

These are testing times and I am hopeful that we can all show kindness and compassion to each other as we navigate our way through such uncharted territory.

In the meantime, we ask that you take steps to manage your own risks by:

  • Knowing what to do to avoid/minimise exposure;
  • Recognising symptoms; and
  • Knowing what to do if symptoms are present.

If you or a family member has been travelling recently or been in close contact with someone who has recently travelled, and are exhibiting fever or respiratory symptoms we kindly ask you to please seek medical advice.

For more information about COVID-19 please visit the DHHS website as a recommended resource:

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Alfred Health Carer Support Services Friday Extra 5 April 2019

Laughter Yoga program for Carers – 30 April in St Kilda
Join Inner South Family and Friends for Laughter Yoga and other stress-relieving techniques. People of all physical abilities are welcome.  Chairs will be provided and if you can breathe and laugh, you are able to join in.
See the flyer for details

New NDIS Carers Handbook
Carers Victoria is pleased to release a guide offering practical advice and support on how to achieve the best possible outcomes for both the person being cared for and for carers.
Get your copy here

Please click on the link below to read the complete Friday Extra:

Sane Express December 2018

Launch of the Anne Deveson Research Centre

On 22 November, SANE Patron-in-Chief the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO launched the Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC). This new SANE Australia initiative is dedicated to carrying out practical research which will drive policy change to improve the lives of Australians affected by complex mental illness.

Visit the ADRC site

The SANE Blog

Featuring interviews, tips and personal stories on issues important to people affected by complex mental illness.

Recent highlights on the blog include:

Nine great books about living with mental illness

What is the DSM? Your questions answered

The importance of remaining curious as an online advocate

How to connect when you feel alone

You can access the complete Sane Newsletter by clicking on the link below:

Carers Victoria NDIS Training Workshops for Carers

Carers Victoria Mental Health Program: Carers, families & the NDIS

Are you caring for a person with a psychosocial disability? Do you want to know more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? The program covers information the carer will need to be prepared for the NDIS with a psychosocial disability perspective, and consists of four sessions, each of three hours in duration.

Program overview
Tuesdays 10am–1pm, Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray

Session 1: 10 April – Understanding the NDIS
Session 2: 17 April – Starting on the NDIS plan
Session 3: 1 May – Effectively engaging with the NDIS
Session 4: 8 May – Making your voice heard More

Carers must attend the first session to continue in the program and cannot bring the person they care for. Registration essential. Please ring Carers Victoria on 1800 242 636 and quote event number #5185 or register online.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting Tuesday 8 August 2017

You are invited to join us for this month’s meeting to hear our guest speaker The Hon Emma Kealy MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Senior Victorians, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs to speak from her background at the coalface of health care.  She is keen to hear your views and concerns about the challenges of being a carer and the challenges associated with mental health care.  For more information see 2017-08-08 Emma KealyMp, Vic Shadow Min MH-docx

ABC Mental As… 5 October – 12 October 2014

Help us join the dots on Mental Health
Join the ABC for Mental Health Week from 5 – 12 October with ABC Mental As…  A week of shows and events to challenge the stigma and fuel the conversation on mental health.  We’ll take a look at this issue from all angles and perspectives including programs covering entertainment, comedy and debate such as Changing Minds, Timothy, Agony of the Mind and heaps more. Click on to find out about all the programs showing throughout ABC Mental As…

Mental Health Legal Services

“Victoria Legal Aid has been confirmed as the new provider of legal services for people with a mental illness expanding on its existing services.  Victoria Legal Aid currently provides around 73 per cent of representations before the Mental Health Review Board and will now provide a minimum extra 300 representations a year, supporting people with mental health issues in both an inpatient environment and in the community.

As a statewide agency, Victoria Legal Aid has a number of regional offices and local connections, has demonstrated abilities to provide a holistic assessment of client’s legal needs, work across the mental health system and make referrals to appropriate specialist supports.

The services currently provided by the Mental Health Legal Centre are contracted to 30 June 2013.  The Department of Health is working closely with the Mental Health Legal Centre and Victoria Legal Aid to support a smooth transition, ensuring that services are seamlessly available for people with a mental illness.”

From Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division, Department of Health, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000, 18 June 2013

ISFAF Meeting Tuesday 14 May 2013

We welcome you to our May support group meeting to hear guest speaker Angela Ireland, from Family Drug Help.  Angela is extremely well qualified to discuss the effect that substance abuse and mental illness can have on their family members.  Angela developed the Action for Recovery course (ARC) for Family Drug Help at SHARC and is currently working on an online program for siblings.  Family Drug Help and the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (sharc) are located at 140 Grange Road, Carnegie.

“Family Drug Help (FDH) is a service designed specifically to address the support and information needs of parents, other family members and significant others of someone with problematic alcohol or other drug use. People with personal experience of the effects of alcohol or other drug use within their family or friendship group are involved at all levels of the service.

Family Drug Help’s mission is to provide peer support and access to reliable information about alcohol and other drugs as well as available treatment options. FDH aims to reduce the alcohol and drug related harm experienced by families and friends of a person misusing these substances and to strengthen families in their support of that person.”  Extract from website

Service Changes

The Junction Clinic moved to new premises at 607 St Kilda Road, Melbourne in August 2012.  The Junction Clinic previously located at 2/12 St Kilda Road has been renamed the St Kilda Road Clinic, Alfred Health.  The telephone number 9076 9888 remains the same.

The Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc) will occupy the 4th floor at 607 St Kilda Road and will be known as Monash-Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre Alfred Health & Monash University.

The Community Care Unit, Alma Road, St Kilda has changed its telephone number and can now be contacted on 9076 7900.

Headspace Southern Melbourne has relocated from Carlisle Street, Balaclava to 319-321 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick.  The telephone number is 9526 1600, opening hours Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.