Trauma informed peer support

Have you experienced, or witnessed, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or not feeling sexually safe, while in a mental health inpatient unit?

We may be able to help.

Our trauma informed peer support workers can provide one-on-one support and be a safe place for you to tell your story and be believed. This service is called the Phoenix Project.

About the Phoenix Project

This is a pilot project offering a new, safe space that’s been developed by consumers, for consumers. It includes:

Peer support:
  • Short term peer support (approximately 2 – 6 sessions depending on personal need)
  • Tell your story and be believed
  • Talk about the personal impact of sexual violence in a mental health inpatient service

Our peer workers, Jane and Sharon, have expertise in peer support, and a lived experience of trauma, mental health problems, and using mental health services.

Advocacy
  • Make a record of what happened, in the way you want
  • Explore if there are supports or services you need (e.g., counselling, victims of crime support, formal complaints)
  • Be supported to access the services you need (including ‘warm’ referrals)

It’s free to access the Phoenix Project.

Download our brochure here or our poster here.

Who is Eligible?

The program is open to any person over 18 years who has used Victorian mental health inpatient services, and experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or a fear of not being sexually safe, while using that service.

How to Access?

Appointments are available between 10am to 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at VMIAC’s office in Brunswick East. Contact reception to make a booking:

Phone (03) 9380 3900

Or email reception: reception@vmiac.org.au

Enquiries?

You’re welcome to contact one of our peer workers if you’d like to know more about the program. Contact Jane or Sharon (Monday to Wednesday):

Phone: (03) 9380 3900

Or email: phoenix project@vmiac.org.au