Stigma is an ugly thing.
Stigma is part of human nature like favouritism or racism or indifference.
That’s why we need to be proactive in fighting against it.
COVID-19 has shown us that we are all vulnerable, especially when it comes to our mental health.
That’s why we need to stand up and speak out against the stigmatisation of people living with a mental illness or living with addiction - whether it’s someone you love or someone you’ve never even met, then today you can do that by joining our community.
People arrive at First Step with all of their life experiences – trauma, poor mental or physical health, legal issues, addiction, or housing insecurity.
Whatever it is that is going on, we are here to help.
We know that chronic addiction is often a long term, painful response to childhood trauma, abuse and neglect. Our team works across mental health, addiction and legal services to share the load, so clients don’t have to do it alone.
The journey is rarely smooth, but together, we know we can make a difference.
First Step is a not-for-profit addiction, mental health and legal services hub in St Kilda, Melbourne.
We provide free services to thousands of vulnerable Victorians every year, with the firm belief that everybody deserves every chance to turn their lives around.
First Step provides a uniquely multi-disciplinary team of GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, mental health nurses, care coordinators, counsellors, men’s and women’s groups.
All for free. All from one team. All at one site.