Consumer and Carer Resources

Mental Health Act 2014

  • Victoria introduced new mental health legislation in 2014.  The Mental Health Act 2014 promotes a recovery framework, aims to keep compulsory treatment to a minimum and focuses on improvements. 

St Vincent's Adult Mental Health Information for consumers, carers and families

  • An invaluable resource booklet that provides a wide range of information about the service provided by St Vincent's Mental Health.  

Rights and Responsibilities of receiving mental health care 

Carer Forum: Understanding Mental Illness & Recovery

  • Come along to an information evening for family, friends and anyone who wants to become part of the recovery journey.   

              When:                1st Monday night of each month (excluding January)

               Time:                 7.30 pm - 9.00pm

             Where:                Federation Estate (Room 3)

                                          32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood

RSVP to the Carer Consultant on      (03) 9843 5800 or 0418 356 570


The Journey to Recovery

  • The Journey to Recovery program is a family and friends program for family and friends of those experiencing psychosis for the first time. It is a space in which those caring for people with first episode psychosis can share their experiences, access support and learn about psychosis and recovery. 
  • Anyone who is over the age of 16 is able to join this group.
  • The program will be run for 5 continuous weeks, with the next group commencing in 2017.

Carers Victoria: Finding help for someone with a mental health problem

  • Carers Victoria: Finding help for someone with a mental health problem – A resource for carers and workers in the community care system.

Carers Counselling

  • Carers Counselling provides useful information on services available to support carers. For more information, visit the Carers Victoria website.

Mental Health Family & Carer Services (Mind Australia)

  • For information regarding local family and carer services offered through Mind Australia.

The COPES (Carers Offering Peers Early Support) Program 

  • The COPES (Carers Offering Peers Early Support) program is available to family members or friends who support people who experience mental illness.  COPES staff provide the opportunity to talk to someone about the experience of being a carer and may provide useful information including possible support options.