Welcome to the official website of the Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria)

The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) is the oldest Mental Health Association in Australia, established in 1930. It is an organisation of professionals, sufferers, families of sufferers, related organisations concerned with mental health and concerned members of the public. The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) is part of the national and international mental health movement.

The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Victoria) 2016 Schools’ Creative Writing Competition is now open!!

Open to students enrolled in Years 5 – 12 in Victoria

Three categories – Upper Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary

Closes 5.00pm the 29th of July, 2016

Cash prizes to be won!!!

The 2016 Mental Health Week Art Competition is closed - Exhibition 14th of July, 2016 6.30pm to 8.00pm

Community Education Seminar Series 2016 - July 5th - Associate Professor Peter Bosanac



Associate Professor Peter Bosanac is the Director of Clinical Services, St Vincent’s Mental Health, Melbourne.  His clinical work and research encompasses adult psychiatry, including acute inpatient, emergency and community psychiatry, and obsessive compulsive and related disorders.

Tuesday 5th July 2016 7:30 pm to 9 pm

The Melbourne Clinic: 130 Church Street Richmond (Enter via Tweedie Place)

email admin(at)mentalhealthvic.org.au to book a seat! Limited seats available.



Community Education Seminar Series 2016 - July 12th - Professor Anne Buist

Professor Anne Buist is a Professor of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and has run parent-infant units for nearly thirty years.

She directed the beyondblue postnatal depression program screening women for perinatal depression and now consults on perinatal research projects and on cases in the legal system and for protective services around parenting with a mental illness.

Mental Health Foundation of Australia Newsletter #4 February 2016

The New Mental Health Foundation Australia e-Newsletter is available for February 2016.

This edition contains:

  • Migration and mental wellbeing
  • Migration experience of Jews to Australia
  • Dr. Jane Hendtlass
  • Upcoming events

Latest News

Mood Disorder Support Group 2016

The free Mood Disorders Support Group meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. The meetings are for anyone with a mood disorder, with family or friends welcome to attend.


* The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th July 2016.


Meetings are held at:

Suite J, 450 Chapel Street

South Yarra, VIC, 3141
(Enter via Wilson Street. Parking is available at Jam Factory - 500 Chapel Street)

2016 Upcoming Dates

Mood Disorder Support Group - Tuesday 19th of July, 2016. Suite J 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra - 7.30 pm - 9.00pm. All welcome, no booking needed.

Community Education Seminar - A/Prof Peter Bosanac - "OCD - An Update", 5th of July, 2016, 7.30pm - 9.00pm / Professor Anne Buist - "Parenting with a Mental Illness", 12th of July, 2016, 7.30pm -  9.00pm - The Melbourne Clinic, Isaac Sweitzer Room, 130 Church Street, Richmond (Enter via Tweedie Place)

Victoria's Mental Health Act 2014

Victoria's Mental Health Act 2014 is a key element to the government's mental health reform agenda, and places individuals and families at the centre of mental health treatment and care.

The Act involves significant changes to compulsory assessment and treatment of people living with mental illness. It will ensure that people living with mental illness and subject to compulsory treatment are supported to make or participate in decisions about their treatment and care. The Act also recognises the important role of families and carers in supporting the recovery of people living with mental illness.

The Mental Health Bill 2014 - An explanatory guide (86 pages)

Complete Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 (369 Pages - Indexed)

2016 Community Education Seminar Series

  • 1st March 2016
  • 5th April 2016
  • 3rd May 2016
  • 5th July 2016