Brief Interventions: practical strategies to get back on track

A free short-term counselling service for people concerned about their mental health and wellbeing is now available.

Aiming to fill a gap in mental health services, BCYF’s Brief Interventions can act as a “circuit breaker” for anyone aged over 16 with mental health, alcohol and/or drug concerns. The service is confidential and easy to access, offering practical strategies and support to improve participants’ health and wellbeing.

In the lead-up to World Mental Health Day (10 October 2022), BCYF’s Manager Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) & Mental Health Services Josephine Taylor is encouraging local residents to take advantage of the free services available.

“Many people have experienced challenges during the past few years due to COVID-19, and now with continued uncertainty and additional pressures including the rising cost of living, the need for support services is increasing,” Ms Taylor said.

“The important message for those who have mental health concerns, or have noticed an increased use of substances, is that there is help available. Don’t wait until things are out of control before asking for help. Reach out and seek help before problems escalate.”

BCYF offers participants up to five, one-hour Brief Interventions sessions, however many need only one or two sessions to get their health and wellbeing back on track. Those who need more support can access referrals and further treatment planning if required.

The Brief Interventions program is offered throughout Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast, Colac Otway region, and the Golden Plains Shire, supported by Western Victoria Primary Health Network.

Aiming to make support more accessible to the community, BCYF is also providing a free one-off counselling session at Myers Street Family Medical Clinic every Saturday from 2-6pm.

The Brief Interventions after-hours service is available to individuals seeking support, or family members impacted by a loved one’s mental health or drug and alcohol use.

To find out more or access counselling and support at any time, contact BCYF’s Family Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) services on 1300 022 293, email or visit

World Mental Health Day is held annually on 10 October. October is also Mental Health Month, and aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing.

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