Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire

Mental Health

A mental illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with other people. It is diagnosed according to standardised criteria.

One in five Australians will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. 

mental health problem also affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, but to a lesser extent than a mental illness.

Mental illnesses are of different types and degrees of severity.  Some of the major types are:
   - anxiety
   - schizophrenia
   - bipolar mood disorder
   - personality disorders
   - eating disorders
   - depression

These illnesses may also be referred to as a mental disorder, mental impairment or psychiatric disability.

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Rape Crisis Service
Provides rape crisis counselling service for anyone who has experienced or is at risk of sexual assault or family violence - 24 hour.

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Psychiatric Triage Service
The Psychiatric Triage Service is the usual entry point to our mental health services. Consumers, carers and health professionals can contact the Psychiatric Triage Service. We are the largest mental health provider in Victoria, providing comprehensive services in both hospital and community settings.

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SuicideLine is a 24/7 telephone counselling service offering professional support to people at risk of suicide, people concerned about someone else’s risk of suicide, and people bereaved by suicide.

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Suicide Call Back Service
The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over who fit one of the following categories:
•People who are suicidal
•People caring for someone who is suicidal
•People bereaved by suicide
•Health professionals supporting people affected by suicide.

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Kids Helpline
Kids Helpline is a free, 24 hour counselling service for young people aged 5-25 years. Counselling is offered by phone, email and over the web.

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13 11 14 is a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile. Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation our trained volunteers are ready to listen, provide support and referrals.

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