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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headspace Dandenong
headspace Dandenong provides young people and their families with access to youth friendly counsellors, psychologists, GPs and other professionals who can provide information and support if a young person is: feeling stressed out or sad, finding it hard to cope, not sleeping well or sleeping too much, finding it hard to concentrate, needing support for drinking or drug misuse, being bullied, hurt or harassed or worried about work or study.

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Alfred Health Carer Services
We provide Carer Gateway (Commonwealth-funded) and Support for Carers (State-funded) services: - support for carers to focus on their own needs and personal goals - information and assistance to connect carers with the right support services - support to access respite and equipment - carer coaching - facilitated peer to peer support to enhance carer wellbeing - events for carers focusing on education, peer support and social connection We also provide respite services, resources and supported activities for older people with care needs, and their carers, via the Commonwealth Home Support Program. Fees apply for this program. Every caring journey has its challenges. Maintaining your own health and wellbeing is important. We can help you find the most useful supports for your situation.

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Engaging Families
Engaging Families provides outreach and counselling support for families with children under the age of 12 living within Cardinia Region. Supports are targeted for people experiencing Family Violence as well as Alcohol and Other Drugs concerns and Mental Health concerns. Includes counselling, parenting support, outreach services, advocacy and group programs.

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Access Youth Specialist Disability Employment Service
Access Australia Group offers a free comprehensive model of support and activities designed to help youth find a job and achieve goals. We assist eligible clients to prepare for work such as resume development, training in interview skills, help look for and apply for suitable jobs. Access Australia Group can tap into the hidden job market and provide on the job support and mentoring for clients and employers.

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Relationships Australia Victoria (Cranbourne)
Our Cranbourne North Centre exclusively provides men's behaviour change programs and case management support. For information about our other programs and services, including counselling and other group programs, please visit website for more information.

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