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Accessible Psychological Interventions (API)

 

Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) is a free mental health program that provides individual counselling/psychological therapy and structured group session for people of all ages (i.e. preschool to elderly) with, or at risk of developing mental illness.

API is not a crisis response service and does not provide emergency mental health advice or support. In case of emergency call 000.

What does API offer?

  • Individual counselling/psychological sessions based on individual circumstances and clinical need.
  • Access to both individual and structured skill-based group sessions.
  • Outreach sessions based on individual circumstances.
  • Family (for children aged up to 17 years at time of referral) and couple therapy.
  • Access to free interpreters.

Who delivers API?

The API team consists of highly trained Psychologists and Mental Health Social Workers with expertise in child and youth mental health, refugee and migrant mental health, LGBTIQ mental health, crisis recovery, trauma and family and couple therapy.

The API Mental Health Team is highly experienced in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric disorders including but not limited to, anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse and personality disorders.

Who can access the API Program?

  • People who live, work, or have their social and medical networks in South Eastern Melbourne.
  • Anyone with a health care card or who is not able to afford or get into similar services.
  • Anyone with symptoms of, or who are at risk of mental illness.
  • People with a diagnosis of mental illness.
  • People of all ages.
  • People who would benefit from short to medium term counselling and psychological services.
  • People at risk of suicide.

Priority groups include: children under 12, people living in residential aged care facilities, people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, people that are culturally and linguistically diverse, and individuals experiencing any of the following: homelessness, risk of suicide, perinatal depression, substance use disorders, and/or domestic violence.

What is the referral process?

You can either call SEMPHN Mental Health Intake on Ph: 1800 862 363 (busuness hours only) OR you can ask your GP or anyone that’s supporting you – a worker, friend, or loved one – to make a referral on your behalf.

API services are part of Mental Health Stepped Care which means you can ‘step up’ into more intensive services, or ‘step down’ into less intensive services, as your mental health needs change.

API is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the South Eastern Melbourne PHN

Where can I get an API appointment?

Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Sessions are also available out of business hours.

Where are API appointments held?

EACH provides the API program across the City of Casey and the City of Greater Dandenong, with offices in Narre Warren, Cranbourne and Dandenong.

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