Mental Health

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Mental health services


Our mental health clinicians provide NJC clients with a broad range of treatments and support.


Clinicians help with:

  • Assessment and referral to mental health services
  • Case management
  • Short-term counselling and support


Outreach support


People experiencing a mental health issue or cognitive impairment, such as an acquired brain injury, can have short to medium term intensive outreach support.


Support can run anywhere between three to 12 months and are available:

  • At the Neighbourhood Justice Centre
  • Client's home
  • At Yarra based service centres.

Outreach support includes:

  • Assessment and referral to services
  • Support to identify personal goals
  • Help to find more meaning and purpose in life
  • Social and vocational activity connections.
  • Help to connect with other care and support services
  • Assistance to access the NDIS.


Other support services


We don’t offer 24 hour crisis support, but someone is always on the phone day or night to help you, or someone you know.

If you live outside the City of Yarra you'll find a service for your area at  Victoria Mental Health Services (External link)

Wrap-around services

We wrap our services around our clients.

This means you get the right help from the right people, and get as many or as few services as you need.

If you’re attending court your lawyer will be your main referral pathway to services.

But the following members of the NJC team may also refer you to Mental Health care, and other services if necessary:

  • NJC’s duty lawyers
  • Magistrate
  • Neighbourhood Justice Officer  
  • Court Network volunteer
  • Salvation Army Chaplain

Walk-in assistance

The well-being of our community is important so even if you are not going to court, we can put you in touch with the right service.

For more information telephone 9948 8777 or visit the NJC at 241 Wellington St Collingwood Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.