Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) program activities are funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services to provide support for people whose lives are severely affected by psychosocial disabilities. PHaMs provides mental health disability support to people experiencing mental health issues in the fundamental areas of their lives, including home, work, relationships and community.

The program works one-on-one with people and aims to provide an environment for a recovery journey. It provides specialist support to particular groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and multicultural people. Support is focused on overcoming social isolation and increasing connection to community.

We work with you to create pathways to connect with education and employment opportunities, to find and create a home, to build links within your community and to develop supportive relationships with families and friends.

PHaMs is about your individual recovery journey and focuses on your strengths, hopes, goals and achievements. It provides ways for you to cope better with your disability and helps you overcome the difficulties and challenges you might face on your journey. 

The program draws on the knowledge and experience of peer workers, and staff with a lived experience of mental health issues and/or psychosocial disabilities.

To be eligible for PHaMs you must:

  • be aged 16 years and over and reside in the Frankston Mornington area
  • experience a severe incapacity to function in the community due to psychosocial disability 
  • be willing to address any dual-diagnosed or comorbid drug and alcohol issues you may have
  • be willing to participate in the service voluntarily

Referrals are made through Wellways.

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