Services

Support and Education Groups in Melbourne Eastern Region - Services

All Programs Referral Form

 

o    Programs in the eastern metropolitan region for families where a parent has a mental illness - Term 1 2019 programs (PDF, 679KB).
o    CHAMPS  (Children and Mentally ill parents) is a suite of peer support programs for children of parents who have a mental illness or mental health issue. Current CHAMPS programs are found listed in the pdf above.

The Eastern Health 'families where a parent has a mental illness' (FaPMI) coordinates direct programs for families; some are run in partnership with other organisations.

The aim of the programs are to give children age-appropriate information about mental illness. They can meet other children who may be in a similar situation and to learn about healthy coping strategies. These programs compliment the support workers who work with the families.

These programs include:

  • CHAMPS Peer Support Program, is a structured 8 week program for 8-12 year old children and their parents/carers, it is held during the school term at various venues in the eastern metropolitan region. The aim of this program is to provide age appropriate information and support through worksheets and activities for both children and their carers.
  • Martial Arts as Therapy Program, an 8 week program which combines the basics of behaviour management with the principles of martial arts
  • Kids Club, a monthly peer support program for FaPMI families. It operates from Croydon. Kids Club has a recreational emphasis. 
  • If you are interested in any of these programs please complete a referral form. All programs referral form: (DOC, 357 KB) or (PDF, 136 KB)

FaPMI Family Fun Day

The FaPMI Family Fun Day will be held in late 2019. This event is open to ALL families where there is a parent with a mental illness. Please contact Bronwyn Sanders on 0408 291 580 if you are interested in supporting/sponsoring or attending this event.

2018 FaPMI Family Fun Day Report (DOC, 1.9 MB)

Inspiro

Inspiro is a local, not-for-profit organisation providing healthcare services to the Yarra Ranges community including dental, physiotherapy, podiatry, dietetics and nutrition advice.

They offer a range of counselling services including general, depression and anxiety, family violence, drug and alcohol, and youth and family counselling.

Inspiro provides a free youth counselling service (PDF, 721KB) for young people age between 12 to 25 years, including Space4Us (PDF, 388KB) - a free peer support program for young people age 13-18 years who have a family member with a family illness.

For more information about Space4Us, please contact our Youth Counsellors on 9738 8801 or visit their website.

Newsletter

Eastern Health's FaPMI program publishes a quarterly newsletter for families where a parent has a mental illness:

Frequently asked questions

Address
Murnong Clinic 4 Bona St Ringwood East 3135
Contact

P (03) 9871 3988 F (03) 9871 3977

E: fapmi@easternhealth.org.au