We understand that mental health, and alcohol & other drug (AOD) problems can significantly impair personal wellbeing, work, and family relationships. However with the right support this can be improved.

How can we help you?

At Sunraysia Community Health Service (SCHS), we work to address mental health as well as AOD issues including dual diagnosis through a number of different but interlinked programs.

Types of issues addressed and services provided include:

  • Mental health issues, including but not limited to anxiety and depression
  • Trauma, torture and abuse including
  • Counselling for refugees and new arrivals
  • Managing emotions including anger
  • Self-esteem and interpersonal communication issues
  • Day rehabilitation
  • Addiction and relapse prevention counselling
  • Home and hospital based detox and opioid replacement therapy (ORT)

How can you access our services?

To make an appointment drop in to our front reception or call 5022 5444 to arrange a suitable time to have an initial intake screening assessment.

Our mental health and AOD Counselling service appointments are available Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30 pm.

For AOD services call ACSO on 1300 022 760 (Monday to Friday 9:00 to 5:00 pm to arrange an intake assessment or seek a referral from your GP.

Our services

General counselling

General Counselling services provide a supportive and collaborative environment where you can discuss your concerns. Engaging in our service can help you clarify your situation, gain new perspectives and work towards change. We can support you to develop insights, generate solutions and consider choices in a non-judgmental environment and support you in linking with other mental health or self-help services.

Primary mental health clinical care

Our mental health nurse provides clinical care and coordination to people living with severe mental illness by:

  • Monitoring the person’s mental state and supporting the consumer with their recovery goals
  • Supporting the person and their general practitioner and or psychiatrist with medication management
  • Monitoring and addressing a person’s co-occurring health conditions, through a physical health assessment and onward referrals if required
  • Assisting the person with linking them to connections in the community.

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) services

We have a team of AOD counsellors, some of whom specialise in working with young people. They provide counselling and support to people wishing to reduce or cease their substance use. We also provide a home or a hospital detox program to selected clients.

Our nurses support the client when they are withdrawing from substances and are also available to support the client’s GP where the person is deemed suitable for a home based detox. At the client’s request we will provide a referral to residential detox elsewhere.

Day rehabilitation

The Daybreak program is our day rehabilitation program. Clients can self-refer or be referred by a GP, or the correctional system.


Fees are set according to your circumstances and are generally small. For some programs there is no fee. When you call to make a time for an intake screening appointment we will discuss the fee structure and provide you a form to complete.