Mental Health

Access Care Southern 1300 653 356, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham  provides services to care for people in the community.  They provide practical support for people who are elderly, living with a disability, their carers and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Services are available for people in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, that is,  the cities of Kingston, Bayside, Glen Eira, Port Phillip and Stonnington.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria 9853 8089 (10.30am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday) provides community-based support, information and resources to help individuals manage anxiety and depression issues.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria OCD and Anxiety HelpLine 9830 0533 or 1300 269 438, is a state-wide community mental health organisation, providing self help, recovery, early intervention and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders.

Australian Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Foundation Ltd 8803 5588, Level 1, 37 Mollison Street, Abbotsford 3067, email aims to support and promote services which are high quality, accessible, timely, responsive and appropriate for the tratment and care of people with BPD, their families/carers, as well as education for clinicians and workers.   For more information see

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement The Bereavement Counselling and Support Service is located at 233 Wellington Road, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170. For further information phone (03) 9265 2100,

The Black Dog Institute 02 9382 2991 is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.

The Bouverie Centre Victoria’s Family Institute 9385 5100, 8 Gardiner Street, Brunswick 3056, email  The centre provides general family-based clinical services to families with an individual child, adolescent or adult member who is affected by serious emotional/behavioural disturbances or mental illness.

Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (CoPMI) 08 8367 0888 develops information for parents, their partners, carers, family and friends in support of these children. This information complements training resources developed by COPMI for professionals to support families either individually or through community services and programs.  Independent information, help and support for people living with depression.

Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV) 9885 6563, 1300 550 236, email, 1513 High Street, Glen Iris 3146
provides Information, education, support and referral for people with eating disorders, their families and friends.

ECHOES 0458 181 222, 0427 660 006, 16a Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141 is a peer run support group for people who experience dissociation or multiplicity.  Dissociation is an entirely normal response to overwhelming trauma.  It is a way of surviving something that otherwise would be unbearably painful.  Support groups are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Griefline Community and Family Services Inc provides anonymous telephone counselling 12 midday to 3am everyday.

GROW 9528 2977, 707 Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South 3162, GROW is a voluntary, community based organisation.  GROW meetings are run by the members themselves, according to a structured and successful format.  GROW has weekly meetings of small groups of people who have experienced depression, anxiety or other mental or emotional distress.  GROW meetings are held at various venues.  For information about venues and times please ring 1800 558 268 or check GROW website.

GROW – Better Together is a program for carers of people with a mental illness who meet together to share experiences, gain support, increase their coping skills, knowledge and understanding through the use of the GROW Program.  Details as listed above.

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.  If you’re 12-25 years Headspace can help with – general health; mental health and counselling; education, employment and other services; alcohol and other drug services.

Headspace  9526 1600, 319-321 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick
Peterson Youth Centre 9076 0599, Corner Peterson Street and Highett Road, Highett 3190, Bentleigh 9076 9400 Ground Floor, 973 Nepean Hwy , Bentleigh, Victoria 3204

Inner South Community Health Service (ISCHS) – Mental Health Services 9525 1300,  provides a range of community supports and outreach services to people aged 16-64 years in inner south east of Melbourne who experience psychiatric disability. Services include case management, assertive outreach, housing support, budgeting skills, health education, recreational support, skills development and socialisation.
Prahran Centre – 240 Malvern Road – 9525 1300
Southport Centre – 341 Coventry Street, South Melbourne – 9690 9144
St Kilda Centres – 18 Mitford Street – 9534 0981 and 10 Inkerman Street – 9534 8166
To make a referral phone 9690 9144 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, email

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800

Lifeline 13 11 14

Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 – 24/7 is a national telephone support service for men with family or relationship concerns.

Mental Health/Dental Health Program 9525 1300 ISCHS, 240 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181  is a low cost dental service for members of the community with a psychiatric disability, acquired brain injury or intellectual disability.

Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria)  9826 1422, Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra 3141, raises funds to promote mental health and wellbeing, public involvement in mental health, remove stigma associated with mental illness, research on mental health issues, effective prevention programs and mental health education.

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria 8486 4200, Fairfield Place, 276 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield 3078.  MIF is located across Victoria and interstate and has a range of services to assist families in relation to mental illness.  Services offered include Well Ways Family Education Programs, Community Connections, Day Programs, Doorways Program, Partners in Recovery, Home Based Outreach and Accommodation Support (HBOS), Residential Rehabilitation, Respite, and Employment Programs.

MIF Helpline 8486 4222, email, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Mind Australia 1300 286 463, Carer Helpline 1300 554 660, 86-92 Mount Street, Heidelberg 3084, email
Mind Australia offers a range of community and residential services in Victoria:

  • information and advice
  • personalised support services
  • residential services
  • dual disability residential services
  • family and carer services
  • group support services
  • care coordination services
  • Mind Recovery College
  • psychological services
  • youth services.

Mood Disorder Support Group 9826 1422, email is a program of the Mental Health Foundation of Victoria.  The Mood Disorders Support Group meets every first and third Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Mental Health House, Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra 3141.  The meetings are for anyone with a mood disorder, their family or friends are welcome to attend.

PALS (Partnership and Linking for People Experiencing Serious Mental Illness)1300 286 463 a program of Mind.  Brings together volunteers and people who need company and friendship and/or help and skills. The program is linked to mental health services across Melbourne under the auspices of the Mind.

Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMS)   The program supports people whose lives are severely affected by a mental illness.  PHaMs provides increased opportunities for recovery for people aged 16 years and over whose lives are severely affected by mental illness, by helping them to overcome social isolation and increase their connections to the community.  People are supported through a recovery-focused and strengths-based approach that recognises recovery as a personal journey driven by the participant. PHaMS providers in the  metropolitan region are Prahran Mission, Inner South Community Health Service and Mind.  These PHaMS service specific post code areas in the metropolitan region.  For information about PHaMS visit

Prahran Mission 9692 9500, 211 Chapel Street, Prahran 3181
Programs and Services offered are:
Diversity and Advocacy assists people who come from a culturally diverse background, or have an intellectual disability or acquired brain injury, with tailored support.
Individual Support Packages
for people with a mental illness.  People who are eligible will be assigned a support worker to assist them to work towards personal goals.
OUTminds a social group for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer of Intersex and who have mental health issues.
Voices Vic offers peer support groups for people who hear voices.
Engagement Hub 9525 5478, 101 Carlisle Street (corner Chapel Street) St Kilda Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 2.30pm – except Wednesdays, when the Hub closes at 2.00pm.  People who experience loneliness or homelessness are welcome to attend the hub for a bite to eat, a chat and social activities. People are assisted to access other health related services.

 Private Mental Health Alliance email, is the peak industry alliance dedicated to improving private sector mental health services for Australians.

Reconnexion 1300 273 266, 9809 8200, 1939 Malvern Road, Malvern East,  read more,  provides individual counselling and group programs for social phobia, anxiety, depression and tranquilliser dependency.  email

Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Homeless Persons Program 8327 0100,
The RDNS works with people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The team provides health assessments, education, information and advice, health care and treatment, advocacy and supported referral to other services, health promotion and illness prevention.  Referrals can be made personally, through friends or family, doctor or social worker.

Sacred Heart Mission 9537 1166, 87 Grey Street, St Kilda, email
Sacred Heart Mission’s support services for individuals aims to provide an intensive, holistic approach to well being for people experiencing poverty, covering physical, spiritual and mental health issues as well as more practical everyday living concerns.  The majority of these services are by referral from the Meals Program, the Resource Room or the Women’s House.  These services work in conjunction with community partners to provide assistance with finding housing, developing life skills and dealing with legal issues to address the range of problems experienced by those in the cycle of poverty, homelessness and disadvantage.   See more at:
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Salvation Army Crisis Services 9536 7777, toll free 1800 627 727, 29 Grey Street, St Kilda is open every day of the year from 9am to 11pm.  The Crisis Contact Centre offers a state-wide, open age service to people in need of support. The centre offers housing and accommodation referrals, limited financial assistance, material aid and food vouchers, a crisis accommodation centre and a legal service.

St Kilda Community Centre 9534 0777, 161 Chapel Street St Kilda
The Centre is the home of The Port Phillip Community Group, St Kilda Legal Service and Tenants Union Victoria. Help is offered with financial and debt problems, advocacy, information and support, rooming house problems, legal problems, community education, Centrelink problems, tenancy problems, no interest loans.

SANE Australia 9682 5933 – Helpline 1800 18 7263 is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness – through campaigning, education and research.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, 24/7 provides crisis counselling to people at risk of suicide, carers for someone who is suicidal and those bereaved by suicide across Australia.

Suicide Helpline Victoria 1300 651 251, 24/7

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, 9380 3900, Building 1, 22 Aintree Street, Brunswick East 3057
VMIAC is the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people who have experience with a mental illness or emotional distress. VMIAC engages in a number of activities, which include information provision, advice, mutual support and self- help, individual, group and systemic advocacy, research and evaluation, and education and training.

Wings of Care/Jewish Mental Health NetworkHelpline 9527 4866,  Provides care for Jewish people with a mental illness and support for their families.