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 www.abc.net.au/mentalas/ 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 www.familydrughelp.org.au/

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.