Just like everyone has physical health, everybody has mental health. And just like physical health might suffer (like when you get sick), mental health might also suffer causing problems and disrupting someone’s life. If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, emotional or angry often or if it’s affecting your daily life you should talk to someone. This is nothing to be ashamed of and many people experience this.
If you have hurt yourself on purpose, have thought about suicide or feel like you are losing touch with reality you should also speak to someone straight away. The services below can help you work through these and other issues you may have.
Where: Westfield Knox Ozone, Shop 3027, 2 Capital City Blvd (opposite Knox Tavern) - 509 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South 3152
What: Headspace offers young people aged 12-25 confidential health advice, support and information.
Services include: General health services; Mental health and counseling; Education, employment, housing and other services; Alcohol and other drug services; Counseling Services
Cost: Free - All services are bulk billed, just bring your medicare card.
Phone: 03 9801 6088
What: Mental health service for children and young people up to the age of 18 years who are displaying symptoms of psychiatric disorder or severe emotional and behavioural disturbance.
Where: Wundeela Centre: 21 Ware Crescent, Ringwood East
Cost: Free services provided to young people
Phone: 1300 721 927
What: A website with information for young people, parents and professionals that was developed by Casey Youth Services and partners to reduce the impact of suicide and self harm on the community. The website can help before, during and after an incident and will help ensure we can look after ourselves and the people around us.
What: A community support program for people who experience mental illness. Offers a range of recreational and group developmental activities and one-on-one support.
Where: 9 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood
Phone: 9879 4699
What: (same as lifeworks above), but has a specific group for young adults aged 18-25.
Where: 3 The Avenue, Ferntree Gully
Phone: 9758 8508
What: Assists clients with a mental illness to find employment by identifying skills and interests, exploring training options and providing in-house personal development and job skills training. In addition we help identify and develop employment goals, assist in resume and job interview preparation and offer continued support after starting a job.
Where: 68 Charter St, Ringwood
Phone: 9871 6350
What: A community of persons working towards mental health through mutual help and a 12-step program of recovery. Small groups of people who have experienced depression, anxiety or other mental or emotional distress, come together on a weekly basis to help each other deal with the challenges of life. There are various groups available throughout Melbourne.
Phone: 9528 2977
For further information about mental health services available online and in Maroondah, visit http://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/DisabilityResources.aspx#Mental