VMIAC’s CHECK-IN Peer Support Program

  9 March 2022  VMIAC   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

CHECK-IN is a peer-based connection and support program by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) for people with lived experience who are finding their current situation difficult.

As people with lived experience of emotional distress and service use, we value your strengths, resilience, and skills. We practice mutuality, respect, and non-judgment in our conversations to improve your ability to cope and more easily manage your distress or anxiety.

How do I know if CHECK-IN is for me?

If you are aged 18 years and over, based in Victoria, identify as having living/lived experience of emotional distress, and would like to speak to a peer support worker who also has lived experience, try CHECK-IN.

Who will I be speaking to?

CHECK-IN is staffed by people with diverse life experiences of mental health diagnosis, use of mental health services and recovery. We take practices from Intentional Peer Support, Narrative therapy and therapeutic arts.

It offers a variety of programs to suit your needs. You may wish to engage in:

One-on-one Peer Support
6-week program offering weekly sessions 1:1 with a peer support worker over Zoom or telephone, for 45-minutes. These sessions are flexible; what we explore is co-created by you and the peer support worker.

Group Wellbeing
8/10-week program in a group setting offering weekly sessions of art making, individual and group reflective practices, yoga, Wayapa Wuurrk, over Zoom for 1.5 hours. These sessions offer reflection, collective care and community.

To get in touch with a peer support worker, please call 1800 845 009 or email checkin@vmiac.org.au.

In 2021, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network collaborated with VMIAC to establish CHECK-IN in the 3 Head to Health hubs in our region. More information is available on our website.

Find out more on VMIAC’s website.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by VMIAC. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.