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Mental Health Planned Respite

A short break for people living with mental illness and their carers

Mental Health Planned Respite provides a short-term change of environment for people with a mental illness and a break for their carers.

If you are living with mental illness, and receiving support from a carer who may benefit from time away from their caring role, planned respite can help.

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Planned respite that’s right for you

Planned respite gives people and their carers some space and time to do things independently. It can also support and improve the relationship between a person living with mental illness and their carer.

Carers may be a parent, spouse, another family member, a close friend or a house mate. 

Planned respite options can include:

  • day activities including social and recreational opportunities
  • in-home support
  • holiday activities
  • skills development and referrals to courses
  • advocacy

Carers who can access the Mental Health Planned Respite program must be between 16-64 years of age.

How do I access this service?

Individuals, carers and family members can access this service by contacting our Ballarat office.

Community service organisations and health professionals can also make referrals into the Mental Health Planned Respite program by contacting us and filling out the referral form below.

Download the referral form 


There is no charge to access this service.

This service is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (Victorian State Government).

More information

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Contact us

Mental Health Planned Respite is offered in Ballarat, Hepburn Shire and Moorabool Shire. 

To make a booking or enquire about this service, please contact our Ballarat office:

T (03) 5337 8999



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