Mental health resources

1. Advice on staying well

2. Talk to your local GP

Your GP can develop a mental health plan with you

  • Develop strategies to improve and maintain your mental health
  • Referral to mental health experts, like a psychologist

3. Local Counsellors/Psychologists

  • Private providers: Search online or ask your GP for a recommendation.
  • Rural Health Connect: may be able to connect you with bulk billed online counsellors.   

genU Mental Health Support

Available to adults of all ages and abilities within the Western Victorian region. You do not require NDIS, or other Government funding to apply for this mental health support service with genU. 

Phone: 1300 558 368

genU | Mental Health Support

Maryborough Community Mental Health Service
75 - 87 Clarendon Street
Maryborough 3465
Ph: (03) 5461 0400
Fax: (03) 5460 4658
AH 1300 363 788 (also emergency & new referrals)

Bendigo Adult Community Mental Health Service
Cnr Condon and Crook Street
P.O. Box 78
Strathdale 3550
Ph: (03) 5440 6500
Fax: (03) 5440 6502 (MSTS)
Fax: (03) 5442 8436 (CATS)
AH: 1300 363 788 (also emergency & new referrals)

Castlemaine Community Mental Health Service
Slater House
142 Cornish Street
Castlemaine 3450
P.O. Box 82
Castlemaine 3450
Ph: (03) 5471 1000
Fax: (03) 5471 1088
AH 1300 363 788 (also emergency & new referrals)

4. Support Line/Counselling 24/7

  • The Orange Door1800 512 359  Mon – Fri for a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

  • Centre for Non-violence1800 884 292 - for women and children seeking support because of family violence, and men who would like to participate in Men’s Behaviour Change programs.

    24 Hour Crisis Response

  • Men's Referral Service1300 766 491 - for men at risk of using family violence, and their family/friends. 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday


5. Peer and family support

  • Conversation Matters: - for ideas and resources about safe and effective discussions about suicide
  • RUOK: - for ideas on how to initiate conversations about mental health
  • Stand By :Support After Suicide - For counselling and resources for people and communities affected by suicide


6. Identifying and supporting someone with mental illness

  • Mental Health First Aid Training: for in depth trainingin how to recognise and support people suffering from mental illness
  • Peer Support Line: BEING Supported: 1800 151 151 - 7 days, 10am–4pm and 6–10pm: for supportive conversations with counsellors who have lived experience of mental illness.



7. For language and support contact free Translation & Interpreting Service

  1. (TIS)Dial TIS National on 131 450
  2. Say your language e.g. Mandarin and wait to be connected with an interpreter
  3. When connected with an interpreter, say your name, the organisation you want to speak with and their contact number
  4. Wait to be connected to the organisation