Category Archives: Education

Inner South Family and Friends Carer Support Meeting 12 March 2024



First Step operates with the firm belief that everybody deserves every chance to turn their lives around. As a not-for-profit addiction and mental health service, its uniquely multi-disciplinary team of GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, mental health nurses, care coordinators, counsellors, men’s and women’s groups, mental health and legal services hub in St Kilda provide free services to thousands of vulnerable Victorians every year.

TIME: 7.30pm 

VENUE: 4TH Floor, Downer Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
549 St Kilda Rd is a little to the city side of Wesley College, easily recognizable by white umbrellas in the forecourt.  Lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road and nearby Moubray Street, with many trams stopping near the door. 

If you are having trouble with transport, seek further information, or just need a chat about ISFAF and/or issues faced by carers please phone: Judi M: 0425 723 746 or Eleni M: 0412 018 722 

Please come early to chat and to enjoy delicious snacks provided by committee from 7.05 pm 

Attendance and membership are free, but please come prepared to add a small donation into ISFAF’s donation tin. 

Due to security needs, we pay a concierge at the door of the building- but for a limited time only.  If you come late, you can try to enter by phoning 0425 723 746 but you may not to be able to enter the building. 

Vic Health Update 1 February 2024

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2024, here we come! 

Since our very first day we’ve been advocating for good health for all Victorians. 37 years on and our goal is still the same.

Here’s an overview of (some of) the work we’re doing this year and what you can expect to hear about from us over the next 12 months. 

Future Healthy programs 

Not only do we believe all young people deserve a future that is healthy, but we also think they should help shape what that future actually looks like. This idea lives at the core of all our Future Healthy initiatives and is the reason so many of our programs are self-determined by young people. 

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Future Reset 

This year will have a strong focus on highlighting mental health literacy. 

As we continue to work with our arts partners to enhance mental wellbeing and social connection through building meaningful and inclusive environments.

Future Active

Co-designing safe, inclusive and welcoming space for young people remains our top priority.

Together with Reclink we will continue to utilise underused spaces in the community to encourage more young people to be physically active.

Food Hubs 

This year our food hub partners will continue to empower the next generation to learn about the food system and how they can mobilise their communities to transform their local areas. 

Celebrating diverse food cultures and social connection will also remain a focus in this space. 

TheMHS Forum 2024 Connecting with People


TheMHS Forum 2024 program will explore the tensions, barriers, solutions, and remaining challenges in developing a mental health system that is inclusive of the full context in which a person lives their life.

With outstanding featured speakers drawn from Australasia and beyond, TheMHS Forum 2024 is not to be missed! Register now to receive our Early Bird Discount, only for a limited time!

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A Path to Follow

An invitation from Kirstie Edwards, Founding Director, A Path To Follow

I am looking to begin a parent/carer group for those who care for young people with mental health related life challenges in the coming weeks.

This will be a combination of casual meets up with liked minded people, alongside internally and externally facilitated sessions where we provide mental health related education and trial some self-care related activities that are available to community.

If you know of someone who might be interested, please copy and paste the below blurb and email to them.  We will follow up all interest personally to ensure the group is a good fit for the person and the person for the group.

Parent/Carer Group Expression of Interest

Are you a parent/carer of a young people with mental health related life challenges?

Do you sometimes feel isolated and alone in navigating their world?

Do you feel you could benefit from sharing time with other people like you?

Are you open to try new strategies and activities to support yourself?

Finally, do you live locally to Bentleigh or would be willing to travel there on a fortnightly basis?

 If you answered yes to more than a couple of these questions, it would be great to meet you!!  Please feel out a couple of questions for us to get the ball rolling (link below).

Don’t worry too much about the finer details at this stage, like is my child too old at 20 years? I am a nana or a foster carer, do I fit this group? One of our A Path To Follow Peers will be in contact with you to personally discuss your preferences.

With thanks,

Kirstie Edwards
Founding Director
A Path To Follow
0478 310 145
Inc. No. A0118403G

APTF Inc. acknowledges, respects and celebrates the diverse living and lived experiences of our Consumer, Carer and Sibling Peers. We recognise our individual and collective experiences of mental ill-health and wellbeing and are determined to use this expertise for the benefit of our future community