Department of Health

More mental health support for the community

09/06/22
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Earlier this week the Victorian Government announced that the community-based Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs will continue to provide care and support to Victorians for another 12 months, until mid-2023. 

The Hubs were initially introduced into the Victorian community back in October 2021 to help support Victorians during the pandemic. There are now 30 Hubs across the state, providing Victorians with the support they need, close to where they live and work. 

The hubs have supported over 1,600 Victorians in just the first 7 months, since they first opened in October 2021. 

The Hubs provide free mental health support to any Victorian without eligibility criteria and without the need for a GP referral, they accept walk-ins and can provide services via telehealth. 

In the coming months, this approach to community care will be made permanent as the first of up to 60 Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services open. The Local Services will provide care and support for people 26 years and over who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges – including people with co-occurring alcohol and drug addiction treatment and care needs.

This new network of Local Services is one of the flagship reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System and will provide an easy way to get treatment, care and support with a welcoming, inclusive and comfortable drop-in service that meets the diverse needs of our communities.

The first three Local Services will open from July 2022 in Benalla/Wangaratta/Mansfield, Latrobe City and Frankston, with the next three set to open from October 2022 in Brimbank, Geelong/Queenscliff, and Whittlesea.

The Victorian Government’s 2022/23 budget delivered funding of $1.3 billion for brand-new initiatives, building on last year’s record investment of $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing. Work is also underway on implementing more than 90 per cent of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

Visit Mental health and wellbeing hubs on Better Health Channel to find your closest hub.

If you or someone you know needs help, call Mental Health & Wellbeing Hubs on 1300 375 330 or Lifeline on 13 11 14. In an emergency, call 000.

Reviewed 16 June 2022

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