Monday-Thursday 9-5pm 1800 845 009

CHECK-IN is a peer-based connection and support program for people with lived experience who are finding their current situation difficult. 

As people with lived experience of emotional distress and service use, we value your strengths, resilience, and skills. We practice mutuality, respect, and non-judgment in our conversations to improve your ability to cope and more easily manage your distress or anxiety.

How do I know if CHECK-IN is for me? 

If you are aged 18 years and over, based in Victoria, identify as having living/lived experience of emotional distress, and would like to speak to a peer support worker who also has lived experience, CHECK-IN is for you. 

Who will I be speaking to? 

CHECK-IN is staffed by people with diverse life experiences of mental health diagnosis, use of mental health services and recovery. We take practices from Intentional Peer Support, Narrative therapy and therapeutic arts.  

How does CHECK-IN work?

You are feeling overwhelmed or in need of support and call VMIAC’s CHECK-IN program to chat with a Peer Worker. If you need specified support after you have spoken with us, we can refer to an appropriate service. If you want support from CHECK-IN, you can move on to one, a few, or all the following options: 

Check-IN Peer Support 

6-week program offering weekly sessions  1:1 with Peer Support Worker over Zoom or telephone, for 45- minutes. These sessions are flexible; what we explore is co-created by you and the Peer Support Worker.  

CHECK-IN Group Wellbeing 

10-week program in a group setting offering weekly sessions of art making, individual and group reflective practices, yoga, Wayapa Wuurrk, over Zoom or in-person, for 1.5 hours. These sessions offer reflection, collective care and community.


Journey of Our Lives is 10-week program for people who have lived experience of emotional distress. 
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If you need additional support after working with the CHECK-IN program, we can assist you to find the best fit through external services.For emergency and crisis services, please call triple zero (000).

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For any additional information about this service, please contact VMIAC on 03 9380 3900, or to participate in the service, please call 1800 845 009.

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