Mental health

Poor mental health can be short term or lifelong, and include mood, anxiety, personality, psychotic, and compulsive disorders.  About three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety; and around eight people commit suicide daily in Australia.

Mental Health and SEMPHN

SEMPHN commissions primary mental health services to support people with mild mental illness and to develop innovative approaches for treating those with severe illness and complex needs.

In line with the Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission’s review of programs and services, primary mental health throughout Australia is undergoing reform.

You can read more about the changes and transition here.

To stay up to date with mental health commissioning opportunities and news, register for the SEMaphore newsletter.

Mental health referrals and services

From 1 November 2017, all referrals for SEMPHN-funded mental health services need to be made through SEMPHN’s new Access and Referral. You can call Access & Referral  on 1800 862 363.

SEMPHN has two new primary mental health services and a central mental health intake:

The new services are for people with health care cards or who can’t afford/access similar services and especially designed for people from hard-to-reach population groups.

beyondblue Connect

beyondblue Connect is a free peer led mental health service designed to support people experiencing significant stress, anxiety, grief, sadness and related emotions. Peer mentors support individuals to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge to improve their wellbeing and community connections. Support and information is available in person, over the phone, and online. beyondblue Connect is a multilingual team that reflects the diversity of its community. beyondblue Connect is a SEMPHN funded pilot program. 

Mental Health Compass

Mental Health Compass has an excellent Mental Health service and support finder. It was created for the Casey, Dandenong and Cardinia region but almost all the services listed are state-wide.

Alfred Health

Alfred Health mental health services listing

Alfred Health 24/7 Psychiatric triage: 1300 363 746

Monash Health

Monash Health mental health services listing

Monash Health 24/7 Psychiatric triage: 1300 369 012

Peninsula Health

Peninsula Health mental health services listing

Peninsula Health 24/7 mental health triage: 1300 792 977


headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Clinical Toolkit

Refer to Headspace services in the SEMPHN catchment

Partners in recovery

South Eastern Melbourne Partners in Recovery (SEMPIR) is a program that coordinates mental health support services in the South Eastern Melbourne region – Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia - for people living with severe and persistent mental health conditions.

Referral forms

Help lines for patients

NB - Other phone support lines across many mental health conditions are listed here.

Online mental health self-help for patients

Information, resources and support

  • Mindhealthconnect - Healthdirect’s mental health and wellbeing website.
  • beyondblue - main focus on depression and anxiety
  • Black Dog Institute - mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
  • Sane - low and high prevalence mental health conditions
  • Reachout - under 25s and family focused online support.

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Events and Education See all


Infection Prevention & Control for General Practice staff

External events
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
9:00 - 17:00
Frankston/Mornington Peninsula

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Contact Information

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For General Practice support, please call 1300 331 981 (option 2) or email

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