Connecting2community is a psychosocial support service provided by Ballarat Community Health and Grampians Community Health.

It is co-designed by consumers for consumers, with the purpose of inspiring confidence and hope in others on their journey of recovery.

Research identifies that the top two priorities for people with severe mental illness is managing the symptoms of the illness and addressing loneliness and social isolation. This program is tailored and client-centred, helping people to achieve their individualised goals to tackle their mental illness through support, encouragement and advice.

Connecting2community offers the following:

  • a six session goal focused program delivered by peer support workers
  • support from mental health support workers
  • involvement with intensive support clinician
  • NDIS application support for those wanting to apply to the scheme
  • engagement in our weekly group programs

Connecting2community is available for people from the age of 18-65. Self or medical professional referrals are both welcome. If you have a mental health condition but are not yet connected to a supportive health service, you may be eligible for Connecting2community. You must also be:

  • living in the Western Primary Health Network catchment area
  • living with a mental health condition
  • goal and recovery focused
  • not acutely unwell
  • aged between 18-65 years old
  • currently not participating in the NDIS
  • eligible for NDIS but waiting for an access decision or your plan to begin.

This program is supported by Western Victorian Primary Health Network (PHN) under the Australian Government’s Primary Health Networks Program.

Call (03) 5358 7400 for more information, or email any general enquiries to [email protected]

To refer yourself for Connecting2community, complete this referral form, and email it to [email protected].


For more information about mental health at Ballarat Community Health, check out the below flyers for various associated programs:

Find mental health and suicide prevention services in the Ballarat region here:

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Call our Lucas, Sebastopol, Wendouree, Smythesdale and Victoria Street sites on (03) 5338 4500
and headspace on (03) 5304 4777.

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