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Family Mental Health Support Service

Family Mental Health Support Service


Connect is a free service which provides assistance for families and children/young people where a child or young person’s mental health and wellbeing are at risk. We can help with:

  • connecting you with your community and any appropriate services
  • access to groups/courses to enhance your skills
  • ideas and support to help families deal with challenges and difficulties they may be facing
  • liaising with schools and other services to help you get the support you would like

How do we do it?

We will listen and work with you to develop a plan to address the difficulties you are facing. We will meet with you and your child/young person regularly to review where things are at.


To be eligible for support through Connect, the family must:

  • have a child or young person aged between 0-18 years
  • have a consenting adult who is willing to work with and support the service
  • live within the designated area
  • be affected by, or at risk of mental illness (no formal mental health diagnosis is required)
  • have their children in their care (children can’t have been placed in care of the minister)

Accessing Connect

Families can contact Connect directly or be referred by a supporting group or agency to one of our 3 regional locations:

Bourke, Cobar and Coonamble: connectfarwest@interrelate.org.au

Kempsey, Nambucca and Coffs Harbour: connectmnc@interrelate.org.au

Wyong and Lake Macquarie: connectwyong@interrelate.org.au

For all enquiries call 1300 654 269.