Duo is a six-session peer education program designed to assist family members, friends and carers who provide support to someone with a dual diagnosis (mental health issues and alcohol and/or other drug use).

Duo Snapshot is a two-session peer education program, developed in response to demand from family members, friends and carers who are ‘time poor’ but in need of essential information and support.

The Duo programs combine up-to-date research-based information with lived expertise. Facilitators are experienced family members and carers who are trained and accredited to deliver the program. This type of education offers the unique opportunity for participants to share and learn from the experiences of other family members, friends and carers in a supportive environment that promotes learning and positive action.

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Through Duo you will:

  • learn up-to-date information about mental health and alcohol or other drug use 
  • understand the interaction of drug/alcohol use and mental health
  • increase your knowledge of current support options
  • share and learn from the experiences of others in a supportive environment that promotes learning, self-care and positive action
  • develop ongoing support networks

Program structure

Duo consists of six weekly sessions, followed by four monthly sessions. Each session runs for three hours.

Snapshot Duo consists of two sessions. Each session runs for four hours and is delivered over two sessions.

Each session involves informal but structured learning, group discussions, videos, practical demonstrations and problem solving. The program includes presentations from experts in the area of dual diagnosis and from someone who has direct experience with dual diagnosis.


A Swinburne University evaluation of Duo indicated that levels of depression and anxiety in participants were reduced and that this improvement was maintained over time. In addition, the levels of tension between the family and the person with a dual diagnosis were reduced.


Programs are run nationally through Wellways and other partner organisations.

For details about upcoming programs, please get in touch or see what’s on in your area.

Further information

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For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.