Our Mental Health Team offers assistance to people who wish to discuss issues that affect their emotional wellbeing. Counselling provides the opportunity to discuss concerns and work through options that may assist and improve the situation. All counselling is confidential.

The service is offered to either individuals or couples. Children and adolescents are seen both individually and with family members and their presentation is always seen in the context of their families.

The service is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team including Counsellors, Social Worker and Psychologists. Self-referrals are encouraged but referrals are also supported from family members and your GP.

Services offered include


  • Family relationship difficulties
  • Couples relationship difficulties/ improving relationships/ dealing with separation/ concern about children’s difficulties with family changes
  • Adolescents experiencing family, friendship or school difficulties
  • Children presented by parents with issues including difficulty adjusting to family changes, exposure to conflict
  • Individuals presenting with issues of stress, anxiety or depression
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Managing lifestyle change including changes in health or employment
  • Anger management
  • Trans gender or sexuality counselling

Educational and group programs 

  • Critical incident debriefing
  • Positive Parenting Program
  • Other groups as required

Geographic area serviced

The service is open to anyone within the Southern Grampians Shire or who travels to the Centre. Clients in surrounding areas are accepted by negotiation with other services (eg. Glenelg Shire). Tele-health is available. Home visits may be arranged for clients living within the Southern Grampians Shire only, in circumstances when the client is disabled, isolated or has difficulties in attending the centre.

Contact Details:

  • Phone: 5551 8476
  • Email: fhcc@wdhs.net
  • Frances Hewett Community Centre, 2 Roberts St, Hamilton, VIC, 3300

Last Updated: August 2023

Coping with feelings of anxiety

It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed during a time like this. It’s important to remind yourself that this is a normal reaction and it will pass.

There are plenty of ways to support other people, or be supported if you are feeling anxious or uncertain.

Details on how to access support

Department of Health and Human Services – Mental Health Resources

Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.

Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
A free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
Mental health information and support for all Victorians

Eheadspace 1800 650 893
Online and telephone support and counselling for 12 – 25 year olds, their families and friends.

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978
Online and telephone support and counselling service for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.

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