connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home – which can lead to mental health issues if not addressed.

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:

  • long-term assistance, up to 12 months
  • short-term assistance, up to six sessions within three months
  • community engagement, education and group work. 

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.