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Online Support Groups starting soon…

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic ADAVIC is in the process of starting Online Support Group Meetings so as to keep offering support, information and resources to those in need.  The platform we are currently looking at is Zoom.

If you are interested in receiving registration forms, please email us at and we will send you the necessary paper work that is required to register for our Online Groups.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us.

More information about our other services...

ADAVIC has implemented the following:

All scheduled training programs and information sessions for the months of April, May and June have been postponed till further notice.  We are currently looking to present them via an online platform.  For those who have registered we will keep you updated.

As we are not operating from our office our phone service is not available.  However, our email support service continues to operate from Tuesday to Friday - Email:

Our Facebook Page is operating as per usual from 12noon to 9pm weekdays and 12noon to 6pm weekends.

We understand that this is a stressful situation for everybody and we want to ensure the safe and well-being of everyone.

During this unprecedented and difficult times, we will continue to finds ways to continue to support the wider community.

We would encourage anyone who needs further information to make contact with us to email us at

Kind regards,

Anna Kouloubos

GRANNY BINGO - Book now so you don't miss out on this hilarious evening!

The controversial divas of bingo and stars of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edith Vale, Maureen McGillicuddy and Caroline Springs, are joining geriatric forces with ADAVIC to raise some much needed funds and awareness about Anxiety & Depression. They say laughter is the best medicine, and these stalled warts of the international bingo circuit are almost what the doctor ordered. They are so far right-wing, anti-equality, anti-feminist, anti-immigration and anti-personal hygiene that even their family stopped visiting a long time ago.

Granny Bingo has been a massive night over the last three and a half years - a hilariously inappropriate evening of bingo where bingo is the last thing on anyone’s minds.

Hello Everyone!

We are Samuel and Cecilia, and we have been volunteering for the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria (ADAVIC) for many years. Next year will mark ADAVIC’s 25th Anniversary and we feel honoured to be a part of such a wonderful organisation that makes a genuine difference in people’s lives.

Anna Kouloubos founded ADAVIC in 1994, during a period where she was also suffering from Anxiety and Depression, and noticed that there was limited support and resources for those within the Melbourne and its wider community experiencing mental health issues.

As you may know, Not-For-Profits are a vital part of any local community. Unfortunately, as volunteers we often witness the many challenges that organisations such as ours face on a weekly basis, with a major one being a lack of necessary funding.

We would be incredibly thankful and appreciative of any donations that you wish to generously give, as no amount is too small. The funding we receive will increase our capacity to provide services such as support groups, phone & online support as well as other services that we are committed to offer.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Thanks in advance.

Cecilia and Samuel

ADAVIC Volunteers


To our dear members,

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine that Melbourne has been putting on for us.

I wanted to get in touch with you all to let you know that there are going to be some changes to this group coming soon, and I wanted to give you as much notice as possible with regards to this.

This group has developed in ways I never thought imaginable over the last few years. It was originally started as a spin off from our open page for localised information and resources after significant changes to Facebook which meant many of you were not receiving the helpful and most relevant information in your feeds. Given the size of the open page, opening a smaller, Australian only page, felt like the best option. However, the way this page has grown and evolved has meant that our services were not necessarily reaching the right people or supporting you all in the most effective way possible.

As such, I wanted to let you all know that we will be closing this group as of the 28th February 2018 at 9.00pm.  This is primarily due to the above reasons, but also the lack of funding and resources that the organisation has access to. This is just the first step into some really exciting things that ADAVIC has planned for its members, to ensure that the best support, resources and information are provided to you all. As with any organisation trying to provide the highest quality service, adaptation is necessary, and we know that this may have some significant impact to a number of you, so we wanted to provide you with as much notice as possible and assist you through the transition process. The open page will continue to operate in the same manner, including the private messaging service, with our administrators still working with and supporting you on the page. As always, the phone support service is available to you all 10:30am-4:00pm Wednesday through Friday on 03 9853 8089 and our weekly support groups will still be in operation. If you are in need of crisis support, Lifeline is also of course available 24 hours, seven days a week on 13 11 14.

A little taster of the exciting news to come in 2018 is that ADAVIC will be piloting Online Support Groups allowing for great peer support and shared lived experience, which will be facilitated by trained ADAVIC volunteers. We will be sure to pass all information on to you all as it becomes available, but we are truly excited for these programs and we are sure you will love them too.

A quick thank you to our wonderful admin team – we all know how much work goes into the recruitment and training of new volunteers, and the time dedicated to ADAVIC and to you all is just incredible, and I couldn’t be more grateful for you all.

All the best,

Anna Kouloubos
Founder/Managing Director

Do you like laughing? Of course you do. It’s an evolutionarily engrained bio-mechanism that helps us relieve stress and connect with people. So why not get your daily dose of laughter at the ‘Best of the Fest’ comedy night at the Comic’s Lounge! Tickets available here…

For just $20 dollars, you get to see a huge line up of international and Australian comedians. This is a fundraising event for ADAVIC (Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria), a not for profit organisation that relies on donations and events like this one to stay afloat.

Heck, if you’re a Grinch and don’t like comedy, just chuck us a twenty and stay home. But in all seriousness, we really appreciate anything you can spare. Every little bit helps!


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