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Hamper Donation Request – Headspace Bentleigh


Hi everyone,

The holiday season is almost here and for the 3rd year in a row headspace is organising a Hamper drive, with the aim of putting a smile on the faces of those young people and families doing it tough.

We are currently seeking donations. If you, your team or your family/friends would like to assist us with this great cause, please let us know! Every parcel is different, so donations can be small or large; every little bit goes a long way!

Here are some suggestions as a guide of what you could donate:

  • Non-perishable food and non-alcoholic drinks,
  • Art supplies,
  • Essential toiletries
  • Self-care items (e.g., journals, candles)
  • Small clothing items (e.g., socks, beanies, hats)
  • Sensory items
  • Vouchers
  • Anything that screams, “This will make someone’s day!”

Our goal is to provide 40 hampers to young people accessing headspace Early Psychosis services!

We can come and collect any items you are willing to donate, or you could drop them into the headspace Bentleigh centre located on the Ground Floor at 973 Nepean Hwy, Bentleigh 3204. We are open business hours Monday- Friday.

 Our request is three-fold:

  1. Next time you are shopping, please consider purchasing a couple of additional items to kindly donate to this Hamper drive;
  2. Please share the attached Hamper Donation Request Letter with your local networks; and
  3. If you follow @headspace_bentleigh on Instagram, please share our two pinned headspace holiday hamper posts on your own platforms.

We will be collecting donations until Monday 11 December, so please get your Santa hat on and encourage everyone to get into the holiday spirit.

Let’s try and make this holiday season unforgettable, not just for us but for those who need it most.

Kind regards,

mia mcculloch
senior administration officer
early psychosis hBentleigh

Pronouns she/her

T 03 9076 9400

F 03 9076 9444

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


Inner South Family and Friends End of Year Dinner


Bookings close 5pm Thursday 7 December.   Ample free parking is available in Erskine St.                        

How to book for dinner

  • Deposit $14 for pensioners or $28 for non-pensioners to Westpac, ISFAF Community Account, BSB 033169   A/c No:  258307  by Thursday 7 December 2023.  Please ensure that your deposit shows your name.
  • Email confirmation to In this email, please include name and phone number of each individual attending (preferably mobile).
  • Choice of main course for each personChicken scallopini with mushroom sauce
    Ravioli vegetariani alla sorrentina (can have GF $5 extra)
    Pesce del giorno alla Contadina (baked with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, olives – GF, vegetarian)

    If you have any special dietary needs you must also let us know your specific needs in your email.

Tacco and Tosca Restaurant is considered a gourmet restaurant. We thank AMAH for a significant grant which enables this meal to be highly subsidised. Food will be cooked specifically for us on the night.  We are a big group. To assist the chef, we must advise the restaurant of our main course by Friday.  Drinks other than tap water are to be ordered and paid for by individuals.

Confirmation of booking will be emailed to individuals whose deposits show up in ISFAF account and who have emailed with their menu choice.

Inner South Family and Friends Support Group Meeting 14 November 2023

SPEAKER:  Associate Professor Simon Stafrace, Programme Director Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH)

TOPIC:  Implementation of the Royal Commission into Mental Health  Innovations at AMAH and what it means for you.

VENUE:  Level 4,  549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
A little to the city side of Wesley College, 549 is easily recognizable by white umbrellas in the forecourt.  Lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, with many trams stopping at 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 on 0425 723 746 or Eleni on 0412 018 722

Please come early to chat and to enjoy delicious snacks which will be available from 7.10 pm.  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

Please note change of day to Tuesday
Bookings by phone / text to the numbers shown are essential – times and starting points may vary.  Family members, including canines are very welcome.  Walkers generally meet at 1pm, with non-walkers joining us at 2.15pm, for a drink provided by ISFAF.

Please book on the day before the walk or by 10am on day on 0425 723 746
2023 Tuesday Walk ‘n Chat dates: 21 November, 5 and 19 December

Venue and menu to be advised.

Tandem eNews 25 October 2023

Excerpts from Tandem’s October eNews

Tandem produces a monthly email newsletter, eNews, with news and information for our members. Join Tandem to subscribe.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Act Resources

Stay up-to-date on the latest information on the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act on our . Resources include videos, fact sheets, web content and links to useful documents on the new Act. We have also developed a poster and a postcard on the Act, which you can download and .

Tandem’s AGM

The Tandem AGM is coming up Thursday 9 November, for any of our members who would like to attend in-person or online. For the agenda and minutes from last year’s AGM, please head to our .

When: 10:00am – 11:00am Thursday 9 November
Where: The Tandem office, 70 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford. Or online.
Online details:

Meeting ID: 810 8404 6170


Spectrum’s 2023 Annual Online Research Forum

This FREE, online event will showcase Spectrum’s innovative and translational research & evaluation program. Spectrum’s clinicians, researchers and lead investigators from collaborating organisations will present a range of cutting-edge projects related to personality disorder and complex trauma.

The day will feature keynote presentations by Professor Andrew Chanen, the Chief of Clinical Practice and Head of Personality Disorder Research at Orygen in Melbourne, Australia, as well as a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. Andrew will be presenting on ‘The Soft Bigotory of Low Expectations for People Living with Personality Disorder’. 

The second keynote speaker will be Professor Sharon Lawn, the Chair and Executive Director of Lived Experience Australia, a nationally awarded mental health consumer/carer advocacy organisation. Sharon will be presenting on ‘BPD, Stigma and Human Rights at the Interface of Mental Health Care: What Progress Have We Made?‘.

See below information about just two of the nine interesting rapid-fire presentations, who will be presenting from 1:00pm – 2:30pm:

Mental Health Australia Weekly Update 20 October 2023

Excerpt from Mental Health Australia Weekly Update

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