Mental Health


At breakthru we provide support to people to assist them with their mental health concerns to maintain the best possible social and emotional outcomes, and meet personal recovery goals.

breakthru can work with you one-on-one or in partnership with carers, families and other health professionals, to develop and implement a recovery plan tailored to meet specific preferences.

Depending on needs, breakthru can assist with a referral to:

Community Based Outreach Support

Outreach to your home or within your community to support you to achieve goals around recovery with your mental health. This can include group support.

If you are between the ages of 16-64, outreach support can be provided to you in your home and the community to support you to achieve goals related to your mental health and wellbeing. We work with you to assist your growth and recovery and  improve your mental health and independence. This includes supporting you to build your living skills, social skills and your confidence with everyday practical task as well as supporting you to coordinate other services to support you. Referrals (including people with NDIS packages) can be made directly by calling breakthru. Simply ask to access community based support and we will guide you.

Prevention and Recovery Care

Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC) is a program which supports you to improve your mental health and overcome the need for psychiatric hospital admission.

If you are between the ages of 16-64, breakthru can provide recovery focused psychosocial support at a time of relapse to either prevent your need for a psychiatric hospital admission, or to help you recover from a recent psychiatric hospital admission. Support at the facility is given by the on site psychiatric doctors and nurses, case managers and within a group setting. Referrals are through North Western Mental Health Triage Service and to be eligible residents must live within the suburbs of Brimbank Council, The Township of Sunbury and Melton Shire.

Peer Support

breakthru’s  peer support workers understand what it is like access a mental health service and will work side by side with you in your recovery journey.

breakthru Peer Support staff are people who have a lived experience in mental health and wish to share their journey with you to instill hope. Everyone’s experience of mental health and recovery is different. By choosing to have a peer worker, support you on your journey, they will provide you with all of the traditional supports you can expect from someone trained and qualified in mental health but with the added benefit of also having a lived experience themselves.

Respite for Carers

Respite for Carers provides you with relief from a caring role and supports you with the education and information you need to help increase your confidence, capacity and choices.

If you are a carer for somebody with a mental health issue or autism, this service will help you to sustain your caring role and maintain connection with your communities. We achieve this by allocating you a worker to take the recipient under your care out for activities so that you get a well deserved break. We recognise that every carer has a unique situation so we invite you to contact us to discuss how we can help to support your individual needs.

Family Support

Family Support strengthens and supports families like yours, across all communities, including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

When mental health issues are emerging in children or behaviours are becoming a concern you can call breakthru for support. Family support is free, flexible and responsive to children and young people aged 0-18 years. The support can be offered through a range of early intervention, prevention and education services. We can provide you and your child with counselling, advocacy, referrals and personalised family supports to help with:

  • Resilience building
  • Understanding feelings or emotions
  • Navigating school transitions
  • Self esteem
  • Healthy relationship building and
  • Improving social skills

Homelessness Assistance

breakthru provides outreach support and assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who have been admitted to a psychiatric facility and who may be experiencing a range of issues affecting their ability to access and maintain affordable and appropriate long term housing options. Referrals come directly from Sunshine Psychiatric hospital