Category Archives: Education

Discovery College Course Timetable February 2023-May 2023

Making Sense of Your Senses Zoom Meeting

Let’s explore the relationship between our senses and mental health. Chat about sensory modulation techniques exploring how your environment and each of the six senses can impact your mood and wellbeing. …
16 Feb
4:00 pm6:00 pm

The Creative Connection

We’ll talk about what creativity is, the value it brings and how people have found ways to welcome creativity into their lives. …
23 Feb
10:00 am3:00 pm

Kingston Arts Centre

979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189
March 2023
16 Mar
10:30 am12:30 pm

What is it About Medication?

This course brings people together to engage in an open dialogue about the role of medication in mental health. …
21 Mar
1:00 pm4:00 pm

Kingston Arts Centre

979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189
April 2023

That Anxious Feeling Zoom Meeting

Come together to explore different ways of understanding anxiety and anxious feelings. …
19 Apr
5:00 pm7:00 pm
May 2023
An abstract, absurd collection of images arranged to look like a water-drop. They include a green leaf overlapped by a water droplet which is overlapped by a flame. Behind these are a school of silver fish. An illustration of a purple eye floats at the top left, and music notes appear to be emerging from the centre.

Do You Hear What I Hear? And other ways of thinking about psychosis

In this course, we’re going to explore stories and participate in activities that help us understand what psychosis can look and feel like. But we’re also going to talk about how complicated it is, and how there are different ways of thinking about it (and how not everyone agrees). …
24 May
10:00 am3:00 pm

Kingston Arts Centre

979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189
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BreakThrough Family Sessions November and December 2020

Register now for sessions in November and December

Since 2015, this unique program has helped family members across Victoria better understand drug use, improve communication and wellbeing, and access appropriate support networks. BreakThrough offers practical strategies and provides an opportunity for family members to connect and learn from each other.

BreakThrough sessions are free and go for 1 hour. Facilitators present on a particular topic and encourage discussion and Q&A.

It’s important to note that BreakThrough is an education program and while each session includes group discussion about a particular topic or theme, people requiring more intensive support in relation to their own circumstances are strongly encouraged to contact Family Drug and Gambling Help on 1300 660 068 to speak to a trained volunteer with personal experience of a loved one’s drug use.


Wednesday 16 November
Dual Diagnosis (Alcohol & Other Drugs/Mental Health)
Special event

Tuesday 22 November
12 – 2pm
Families Understanding Addiction – Bendigo

Wednesday 30 November
How to practice self care
Special event

Wednesday 7 December
Dealing with drama: How to minimise conflict over the holiday season
Special event

Participants are welcome to join any or all of the sessions by registering via the links provided or the BreakThrough website:

Contact Glenn Hunter on with any queries.

BreakThrough is a partnership between Turning Point and Family Drug and Gambling Help at Self-Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) and is funded by the Victorian Department of Health.

International Day for people with a disability celebration 2022

Hi all,

Just a reminder to everyone Glen Eira Council has three fabulous events for International Day for people with a disability celebration.
All events are free and open to all.

1) Disability Awareness Training session for the community on 30 November @ 12pm at Caulfield Pavilion
2) Defiant Lives- the film showing at the Classic Cinema on 1 December with a Q&A session afterwards. Starts at 6pm
3) Come & Try Day at Glen Eira Sports & Aquatic Centre, 7 December from 10-1pm.

Share this information with anyone you think would like to know.

Leonie Cleary
Access & Inclusion Officer

See City of Glen Eira website for details:

Tandem eNews edition 187 – 2 November 2022

Dear members and supporters

The Tandem Awards nominations closing date is now 18 November 2022!
We have received some excellent nominations so far and are eager to hear more on the incredible work happening in the community. But hurry! You have just over two weeks to nominate a person, service or program for a Tandem award.

Nominate a person or service who has significantly improved the experience of families, carers or supporters of people who use the mental health and wellbeing system in Victoria. Nominate via our website today.

Do you need assistance filling out the nomination form? Give the Tandem Admin team a call on (03) 8803 5555 – they are happy to fill out a form for you.

The Awards ceremony will be held on 8 December 2022. All nominees and those who nominate them will be invited to the ceremony. Award winners will receive an award and a gift voucher.

Flood Recovery

As rain continues, please remember that there is support available to flood affected members of our community. As well as financial support packages, the Victorian Government has provided additional funding for mental health support through Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs in affected areas. Visit the Government’s Flood Recovery website or call the Flood Recovery Hotline on 1800 560 760 for help with:

  • a range of clean-up services
  • finding somewhere to stay
  • financial, mental health and other support.

The recovery hotline is open from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm every day. Press 9 for an interpreter.

Please remember that the Carer Support Fund is available and could be of service during this time. Our Support and Referral line is also available if you need someone to talk to. Call 1800 314 325 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

You can access the complete edition of Tandem eNews via the link below:

Tandem eNews 187


In this eNews edition

      • Introduction 
      • Introducing new Tandem staff
      • The Disability Inclusion Bill 
      • Collaborative Centre Lived Experience Advisory Panel 
      • New mental health statewide trauma service
      • Sites unveiled for new youth mental health facilities
      • Participate in Victoria’s first ever statewide Wellbeing Plan
      • New regional incentive program for mental health workforce
      • NDIS training: How to navigate the NDIS
      • Victoria Eating Disorders Strategy survey closing soon
      • What does good value in mental healthcare mean to you? Research survey
      • MHV workforce lived experience grants
      • Making Connections – Culturally and linguistically diverse communities online forum
      • Discovery College November Courses 
      • Learning More About BPD: A Workshop for Families & Friends 
      • Carers Victoria workshop: Who supports the carers?
      • Little Dreamers: Young Carers Story Club book
      • Carer lived experience job opportunities 
      • What’s on in your region? 
      • Tandem Support & Referral Line
      • Other Mental Health Helplines and Webchats
      • Join the Tandem Family

Discovery College November courses

Discovery College November courses


Discovery College has some new free courses starting this November.

Anxious Feeling
Attend a course that explores anxiety and anxious feelings. Stories from people who have experienced anxiety will be shared, including stories from people who have cared for someone with anxiety. Some tools and skills on how to manage anxiety will also be explored. Register to attend.

When: 11:00am – 1:00pm 7 November.


What is a diagnosis?
A youth panel will explore different perspectives around a diagnosis, how a diagnosis is made, and the different cultural perspectives around diagnosis. Register to attend.

1:00pm – 3:00pm 14 November.
Where: Online.

Inner South Family and Friends upcoming events for October and November 2022


Alfred Health Carer Services has a wide range of wonderful programmes to celebrate Mental Health Month.

Carers Victoria has a wide range of wonderful programmes to celebrate Carers Week 2022 – Sunday October 16 to Saturday October 22

These are two organisations that we should all join. Each provides support, education, activities and events targeted at us. They advocate for us and need as many members as possible. The more members they have, the greater their power to advocate for us. Membership is free. If you are not yet a member, please join to benefit you, your loved ones and the mental health and carer community.


Monday 10 October 2022, 12.30pm-2pm
– ISFAF Event for World Mental Health Day
There IS such a thing as a free lunch.  Please join ISFAF and AMAH staff at ground level 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

This location has been chosen as we have invited staff of AMAH, most of whom work nearby.
Your contributions – fiscal or nutritional – are welcome, but not required.
For catering purposes, kindly respond to by 5pm Monday 3 October

Tuesday 11 October 2022 , 7.30pm – ISFAF Monthly Meeting
Topic: Psychosis, Psychedelics and Mental Health
Guest Speaker: John Watkins, Psychologist, Educator, Writer and Researcher
John has written many books. He has specifically referred us to read his book ‘Únshrinking Psychosis’, especially chapter 7 which discusses psychedelics. ISFAF library has a copy which is currently on loan. It is a great reference book well worth owning. However if you cannot buy one in time, borrow from your local library and encourage the library to buy extra copies.
Venue: Level Four, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Tuesday 8 November 2022ISFAF Monthly Meeting
Do you have lived experience as a carer?
Do you want to be heard?
Is the system not working for you?
Are you frustrated at times?

Let’s Brainstorm with Sue Belmore, Senior Consumer Consultant in Quality Governance AMAH and Jaqueline Rozario, Carer Consultant AMAH to workshop how to make the system work better for us as carers and subsequently for our loved ones. Come armed with your feedback and ideas. All feedback and suggestions welcome.  Violeta Peterson who is returning to AMAH as Director of Lived Experience plans to join us.

Venue: Level Four, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.  The “Spotless / Downer Building’ is a little to the city side of Wesley College and has white umbrellas in the forecourt. At night there is lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, but beware, parking during the day is expensive and difficult.  Prahran Station is 1km away and St Kilda Road trams stop at the door. If you are having trouble with transport/seek further information or just need a chat, please phone Judi on 0425 723 746

For all meetings, please come early to enjoy post lockdown return to our customary snack and chat.  For evening meetings, a light supper is available from 7.10pm. Due to security needs, we are required to pay a concierge at the door of the building.  If you come late you may not be able to enter.


Sunday 6 November 2022 – ISFAF Film and Lunch
Exact times to be advised after confirmation of your booking at If you have any questions, please phone Eleni on 0412 018 722 or judi on 0425 723 746.

Film:  Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
(approximately 10am) at Como Palace Cinema, corner Chapel Street and Toorak Road South Yarra.  See it with ISFAF and enjoy a delicious lunch across the road at Blossom Thai immediately after.
Lunch at Blossom Thai (approximately 12.45pm) 37 Cunningham Street, South Yarra.
Bookings are essential by Monday 31 October
Pensioners $12 Non-pensioners $24
Contact Eleni or Judi for bank account details
and send confirmation of payment to
Please include name(s) of individuals attending and
phone number(s) of all attending (preferably mobile).

Mental Health Month 2022

Register for Mindful Habits of Mental Health

Awareness. Belonging. Connection.

Mental ill health is a growing problem in Australia – one that has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing, and knowing how to support others, has never been more important.

Good mental health is when we can cope with the stressors of our daily lives, participate in loving relationships, contribute to our community, and work towards our goals. Everyone has mental health. And we can all benefit from looking after our own mental health and the mental health of our communities.

This World Mental Health Day – October 10 – the message is simple: “Look after your mental health, Australia.”

To find out more, and to share your own tips on how to look after your wellbeing and mental health, follow #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia and #WMHD2022 on social media.

For more information see:

Download WMHD calendar via this link:



Alfred Health Carer Services Wellbeing & Mental Health Expo 28 September 2022

Come along to the
Wellbeing & Mental Health Expo
Explore a range of family friendly resources and fun activities to support mental wellbeing in all walks of life.

Where: Derrimut Weelam Gathering Place
199 Beach Rd, Mordialloc
When: Wednesday, 28th September 2022
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

This is a free community event for all ages – save the date in your calendar!
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Come together to enjoy some of these wonderful activities together:

  • Welcome to Country (Bunarong Land Council)
    Join a guided walk along the Bay Trail and learn about indigenous culture
    2 Yadaki (didgeridoo) led meditation sessions
    Arts activitiesFood from Mabu MabuCome and say hi to a range of stalls and activities from Kingston Council’s community partners:
  • Central Bayside Community Health
  • Uniting – Cheltenham Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub and RESTART
    Alfred Health Carer Services
    Brotherhood of St Laurence NDIS
    South East Suicide Prevention Network
    Pathway for Carers
    Representation from Neighbourhood Houses
    A Path to Follow
    City of Kingston’s Social Development team
    Men’s Sheds
    Team Sports 4 All
    Kingston Youth Services
    Shoot some hoops with Victoria Police
    Chill out zone

We recognise the impact that COVID-19 has had on our community, and know that connection through community groups, sporting clubs and support services, is important to maintain positive mental health, especially in times of need.

Save the date in your calendar!

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