If you or someone you know needs wellbeing support after hours or during holidays, these contacts may be of use:
If you, or a loved one, is in need of urgent mental health assistance please call the Bendigo Regional Triage Service on 1300 363 788. This service operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and acts as the single point of entry into clinical mental health services. More information about triage can be found here: https://www.bendigohealth.org.au/MentalHealthRegionalTriage/
In an emergency call 000 or 112 from a mobile telephone.
Local services for non-urgent care:
See your GP
If you’re unsure of what might work for you, speaking to your GP is a really good place to start. If you don’t have a regular GP you can find a General Practitioner (GP) here:
Your GP can refer you for mental health care provided by psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 individual and 10 group therapy sessions for people who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder and have a mental health care plan. During this period of COVID, the number of sessions available has increased.
headspace supports young people, between the ages of 12-25, with mental health, physical health, drug and alcohol support and educational/vocational support.
Contact details: 78-80 Pall Mall Bendigo (directly opposite Law Courts). Phone 03 54 345 345
Opening hours Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm
You can self-refer here: https://form.jotform.co/93238415142857
eHeadspace also provides online and telephone support and counselling to young people aged 12 to 25. https://www.eheadspace.org.au/
Anglicare Youth Services
Anglicare provides information and support to young people and families around a variety of personal issues, family conflict, housing and homelessness, education and work issues.
Contact: 10 Mundy St, Bendigo. Phone: 03 5434 3922
Bendigo Community Health Services
BCHS provides a range of health care including medical (GP + nursing), counselling, sexual health, financial, alcohol and drug counselling services for young people and families.
http://www.bchs.com.au Phone: 5430 0500
Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) service – Assessment, counselling, referral and support for people and families impacted by substance use and dependence
https://ysas.org.au/programswest/ysas-bendigo Ph: 03 5444 2969
Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) – provides trauma informed counselling, advocacy and support for people who have experienced a recent or historical sexual assault. The service is also available for impacted family and community members.
https://casacv.org.au/ 71 Bridge St, Bendigo Vic 3350 (Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm) Ph: 03 5441 0430
Bendigo Primary Care Centre
123 Arnold Street, Bendigo Victoria 3550: GP clinic with same-day appointments for patients unable to get an appointment elsewhere (03) 5441 8622 or book online https://www.hotdoc.com.au/medical-centres/bendigo-VIC-3550/bendigo-primary-care-centre/doctors
Tristar Medical Group – All Clinics are predominantly 100% Bulk Billing
Kangaroo Flat clinic 68-72 High Street, Kangaroo Flat, 3555 Phone: 0354477088
Epsom clinic 71-73 Midland Highway Epsom, Phone: 5448 5952.
Eaglehawk clinic 13-21 Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk, 3556 Phone: 5446 7755
If you require medical care after hours please contact Bendigo Health on 5454 6000. GP Helpline 1800 022 222, or Nurse on Call 1300 606 024 may also be of assistance.
Other phone services and weblinks:
24/7 phone service for support and referral around sexual assault, domestic and family violence. Ph: 1800 737 732
Kids Help Line
Free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. All young people can choose the gender of the counsellor they speak to. Young people are able to access the same counsellor if they wish to call back. Ph: 1800 55 1800
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention strategies. https://www.lifeline.org.au/ Text and Chat options available. Ph: 13 11 14
24/7 telephone, video and online counselling service offering professional support to people at risk of suicide, people concerned about someone else’s risk of suicide, and people bereaved by suicide. https://www.suicideline.org.au/ Ph: 1300 651 251