i-Connect is a family mental health support service targeted at children and young people in East Gippsland.
By recognising the warning signs early on and working with children and young people to provide support, we can make sure they have better access to the help they need.
i-Connect is Relationships Australia Victoria's Family Mental Health Support Service, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to deliver support to children and young people in East Gippsland at risk of or affected by mental illness. This free service is targeted at the 0 – 18 age group, with specific programs for different age groups.
i-Connect aims to help children and young people stay engaged in education and learning including sport and recreation, and to stay connected to their family, friends, and community. We work with the family or trusted adults in the lives of children and young people involved in the program.
i-Connect will provide:
Once a child or young person becomes an i-Connect client, an action plan is developed with them and their family or trusted adult. The plan is used to identify goals, work out ways to achieve them and to track progress.
A great success of the i-Connect program has been the engagement of the local Aboriginal community. We work alongside a number of Aboriginal-Controlled Organisations and Indigenous services in Gippsland, with a significant number of i-Connect clients identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. For more information on how i-Connect helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, download this brochure.
Integrated into RAV’s Traralgon Centre, i-Connect is based at Bairnsdale, with service delivery at a number of outreach sites, including Orbost and Cann River.
Call 1300 369 630 for more information.
i-Connect does not provide a crisis service. If you need urgent help, please contact Kids Helpline.
Agencies and organisations wanting more information about the i-Connect service model can download this brochure.