We welcome the Victorian Government’s investment in local, accessible mental health and wellbeing services through Mental Health & Wellbeing Hubs.
Service providers and Government recognise the additional demand for mental health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are working together to support Victorians who have been impacted.
EACH is proud to have been selected as one of the community health partners delivering this service. We look forward to launching our pop-up locations in Boronia, Box Hill and Narre Warren.
Other outreach locations in the Outer East and South East, such as Healesville and Yarra Junction, where services can be hard to access, will be established over time.
The Hubs will provide a much needed ‘go-to’ resource for many people in the community looking for support. It can be daunting to know where to start when you are in need, so we want to make sure that our service welcomes people and ensures that they are connected with the supports they require.
The Hubs will also link community members to other mental health services at EACH and other providers if people require additional or other supports. This makes these pop-up mental health services a great place to contact people who are unsure of where to start seeking assistance.
“While there are some mental health services already on the ground, we are seeing increasing demands which are not able to be met. We know through our existing mental health services such as Partners in Wellbeing, Early Intervention in Recovery and our youth services such as Knox headspace, that people who previously hadn’t needed access to mental health and wellbeing support are finding that they just aren’t coping, and many people with existing mental health challenges, including carers have had their coping strategies stretched to the limits.” said Peter Ruzyla, CEO of EACH.
Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub in Boronia is now open and ready to service the Knox area and surrounding communities.
Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Lisa Cooper notes the benefits of local services for community members who need them,
“We know that mental health and wellbeing in the Knox community has been significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for many, the long-term effects of this will continue well beyond the easing of restrictions. A local, individualised and walk-in friendly service will allow more people access to the support and resources they need when facing mental health challenges. We are proud to partner with EACH on a holistic approach that will build connections to other support services that address some of the underlying drivers and causes of stress, anxiety and mental health challenges in our community.”
Of the service model Mr Ruzyla said “As restriction ease, we will be looking to provide a wider range of options which will include walk-in services in several locations in the Outer Eastern Region and Box Hill. This new service will work in partnership with existing services such as counselling, headspace and family support services so that we can respond to the growing demand for mental health support across a wide range of the community. The Pop-Up Mental Health Services are a great initiative of the State Government as part of their mental health reform strategy, making services more accessible, more local and more responsive to community and carer needs.”
At this time, we are offering Mental Health & Wellbeing Hubs at our centres in:
Box Hill: 2/26-28 Prospect St, Box Hill
Boronia: 93 Boronia Rd, Boronia (entre via Dorset Sq)
Narre Warren: 5/66 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
To book an appointment or for more information, please contact our Partners in Wellbeing Team on 1300 375 330.