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Bipolar disorder is a common psychiatric disorder characterized by severe and unusual shifts in energy, mood and activity levels. Family and friends can be really important if you are in crisis or recovery. Ask for them to be involved, unless there are reasons for them not to be.

Alternately, everybody feels down or sad at times. But it’s important to be able to recognise when depression has become more than a temporary thing, and when to seek help.

If you have experienced an episode of mania or hypomania, it’s best to seek professional help as soon as possible. It may indicate that you have bipolar disorder, which, if left untreated, will likely involve further episodes of mania or hypomania. Bipolar disorder is not an illness which goes away of its own accord but which often needs long-term treatment.

A good first place to start in getting help is to visit your local general practitioner (GP). Let him or her know if you think you might have depression or bipolar disorder. Your GP will either conduct an assessment of you, or refer you to someone else, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist.

If you are having trouble tracking down such a GP, you could telephone general practices in your area to find out whether any doctors in that practice have a particularly strong interest in mental health and, if so, whether they are taking on new patients. (Ask to speak to the practice manager.)

If you are in an extreme situation it is strongly advised that you call a CAT team (Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team).

Psychiatric triage (CAT) – Melbourne

(24 Hours)

North East

North Eastern CAT Service – Austin Hospital

Corner Studley Road and Burgundy Street
Heidelberg 3084
Ph: 1300 859 789
AH 1300 859 789 (North East CAT) or (03) 9496 5000 (Austin Hospital)

East

Central East CAT Service

Level 1, 43 Carrington Road
Box Hill 3128
Ph: 1300 721 927

Inner Urban East

Inner West Area Mental Health Service – The Royal Melbourne Hospital – John Cade Adult Acute Inpatient Unit

Level 1, John Cade Unit
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Grattan Street
Parkville 3052
Ph: (03) 9342 4001
AH: (03) 9342 2333

Clarendon Community Mental Health Centre – CAT Team

52 Albert Street
East Melbourne 3002
Ph: (03) 9417 5696
AH: 1300 558 862 (Triage)

St Vincent’s Psychiatric Triage

Emergency Care Centre (all new referrals)
Nicholson Street
Fitzroy, 3065
Ph: 1300 558 862

Inner South East

Inner South CAT Service

The Alfred, Commercial Road, Prahran 3181
PO Box 315, Prahran 3181
Ph: (03) 1300 363 746
AH (03) 1300 363 746

South East

Monash Medical Centre CAT Service

Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road, Clayton 3168
Ph: (03) 1300 369 012
AH (03) 1300 369 012

Dandenong CAT Service -(this service supports Sandhurst and Skye clients)

145 – 151 Cleeland Street
Dandenong 3175
P O Box 478
Dandenong 3175
Ph: 1300 369 012
AH 1300 369 012

Outer East

Maroondah Hospital Outer East CAT Service

c/o Maroondah Hospital, Mount Dandenong Road
Ringwood East 3135
P.O. Box 135
East Ringwood 3135
Ph: 1300 721 927 (For all referrals to CATT)
AH 1300 721 927

South West

CAT Services

Werribee Mercy Mental Health Program
Wyndham Health Service
117-129 Warringa Crescent
Hoppers Crossing 3029
1300 657 259 (Triage) – 24 hours

Barwon

Barwon Health Mental Health Service Triage (24 hrs)

Business Hours:-
Swanston Centre
Corner Swanston & Myers Streets
Geelong VIC 3220
Ph: 1300 094 187
After Hours:- Geelong Hospital Emergency Medicine Department
Ryrie Street
Geelong VIC 3220
Ph: 1300 094 187