First Step is a not-for-profit mental health, addiction and legal services hub in St Kilda, Melbourne. For 20 years we have provided free services to thousands of vulnerable Victorians every year, with the firm believe that everybody deserves every chance to turn their lives around. First Step provides a uniquely multi-disciplinary team with GPs, psychologists, psychiatrist, lawyers, mental health nurses, care coordinators, counsellors, men’s and women’s groups all at one site. When someone comes to First Step they discover all the clinical and non-clinical services they need, on one site, delivered by one team.
First Step supports more people on opiate replacement therapies (such as methadone) than any other clinic in Victoria. Many of these people we support are living stable lives, connected with family, working/studying/raising kids. AT the same time, the combined and varied expertise of our team means that we are able to work with the most complex clients, those most at risk of hospitalisation for their mental health, imprisonment, homelessness or worse. At First Step we believe that chronic addiction is generally a long-term, painful adaptation to childhood abuse and neglect, and that timely and effective treatment is a matter of social justice that benefits all of society. We work to keep people connected to their families, participating in society and taking control of their own lives.
As governments, health experts and others increasingly advocate for multidisciplinary 'hubs' First Step stands proudly as the pioneer mental health & addiction hub in Australia.
All services are delivered free of charge.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm