Useful Links

The following links are provided as resource materials for your own use. While CAFS has found information on these sites to be of use or interest, we do not in any way vouch for the accuracy or in any way endorse these organisations. We suggest that you use your own criteria to assess the usefulness of the sites and the information gained from them.

 Suicide Helpline Victoria

Suicide Helpline Victoria provides specialist, confidential, telephone counselling and is available throughout Victoria, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the cost of a local call (mobiles extra). Interpreters can be arranged for non-English speaking callers.

Suicide Helpline Victoria provides the following services:

  • Suicide prevention (counselling and support)
  • Information and referrals
  • Bereavement support

Mensline Australia

The only service of its kind, Mensline Australia supports men who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties, particularly surrounding family breakdown or separation. The service offers anonymous telephone support, information and referral for men 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the cost of a local call.

Telephone: 1300 78 99 78

WIRE Women’s Information

Free and easy-to-read information sheets and publications cover topics such as violence against women, family relationships, mental health and well-being, housing, legal Issues and work-life balance.

Care Leavers Australia Support Network (CLAN)

The Care Leavers Australia Support Network (CLAN) is a support and advocacy group for people brought up in care as state wards, foster children or children raised in children’s homes, orphanages or other institutions. CLAN also supports those who have a close family member who was placed in “care”.


A search, support, information and referral service for those who were placed into “care” or who have had an adoption experience.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is Victoria’s largest government department and employs over 12,000 people directly and over 80,000 people indirectly through organisations such as hospitals and aged-care facilities, ambulance services and community service agencies.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

CAFS is a member of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, which is the peak body in Victoria for organisations providing services in this field.