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ADAVIC Office and Support Group information - Important dates

The ADAVIC office and will re-open on Wednesday the17th January 2018.

The Berwick, Camberwell and Coburg groups will reconvene on Monday the 29th January, 2018.
The Altona group will reconvene on Tuesday the 30th January, 2018.

Our Facebook Page will be moderated from 12noon to 9pm (AEDT) from Mondays to Fridays and 12noon to 6pm (AEDT) on weekends. 

Click on our Facebook Page link further down this page

Lifeline saving lives – Crisis Support, Suicide Prevention

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
They are committed to empowering Australians to be suicide-safe through connection, compassion and hope.
Their vision is for an Australia free of suicide.

Bunnings BBQ Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser 2017

On Saturday 18th November ADAVIC hosted a fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Warehouse Hawthorn. The team were once again very excited to be back behind the grill ready for a busy day ahead.  It was a very beautiful sunny day until 3pm when the heavens opened and rained cats and dogs for the next hour.  Even with the unexpected weather change the day itself was a great success, raising the organisation almost $1,500 of much needed funds!
We would like to thank all of our volunteers who contributed tireless efforts in the lead up to the event, and an extra special shout out to those who helped run the day: Terri, Jess, Kate, Jenni, Terrie, Zarina, Cecilia, Samuel, Danielle, Mel, Dave, Tam and our little munchkins Sierra and Jacob who made sure we had plenty of drinks and napkins ready to go and were also happy to give out ADAVIC brochures.
As well as the hard work and support from our wonderful volunteers, the day simply could not have been a success without the generosity of those who donated produce, services and/or funds towards the running of the event. Firstly, a big thank you to Bunnings Warehouse Hawthorn and in particular Samantha Mitchell the lovely Activities Organiser who made our team feel welcome and for providing us with amazing opportunity to fundraise.
Another big shout out to both Don’s Smallgoods and Metcash for donating all the yummy sausages; We are also grateful to Baker's Delight in Kew for their donation for the best thing…sliced bread.
Coles Hawthorn and Woolworth Kew keep supporting us each year with community vouchers – thank you!
Last, but not least, thank you to a number of private donors—you know who you are!

~The ADAVIC Team~

Terrie Said with Nathan Buckley, Collingwood Coach


In October, our lovely long term volunteer Mel Jeffress took part in the 10km Melbourne Marathon Festival and she successfully raised $675.00 – thank you Mel!

Mel Jeffress

Grill'd Local Matters Program

In September we took part in the Grill’d Local Matters donation program in Richmond.  Once again we were successful in securing a $300.00 donation as we received the most tokens from people who purchased a burger – thank you to Grill’d Richmond and their customers for their support.


Nadia Ha, Cecilia Zha (Volunteers)
and Stuart from Grill'd

We are partnering with The Mighty 
21 November 2016

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We're thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring our resources in front of The Mighty's wide-reaching readership. We will now have a growing home page on The Mighty and appear on many stories on the site.


The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more than information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenges.


We're dedicated to helping people with mental illnesses in their lives. With this partnership, we'll be able to help even more people.

We encourage you to submit a story to The Mighty and make your voice heard.

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Below are other helplines and organisations that may be helpful to you:

Lifeline13 11 14
1300 651 251
Parentline (Vic)13 22 89
Men’s Line Australia1300 789 978
Kids Help Line1800 551 800
Reconnexion1300 273 266
Beyondblue1300 224 636
Nurse on Call (Vic) 
1300 606 024


The ADAVIC Facebook page will be moderated during the break (the page is available for 24/7 access).

Click here to access.
  • Discuss and share experiences 
  • Offer encouragement, ask for advice
  • Help others whilst helping yourself
  • Open 24 hours / 7 days a week
  • Moderated by ADAVIC volunteers

In response to the article ‘The part women play in domestic violence’.
15 May 2015 

On May 12th 2015, an article written by Dr Sallee McLaren was published in The Age; ‘The part women play in domestic violence’.

We wish to acknowledge that there is some controversy regarding the content of this article.

We also note that there may be a perceived connection with the views of the author and the views of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria, Inc. (ADAVIC), as Dr McLaren was previously an ADAVIC Committee member and has been a consultant psychologist for the organisation.

ADAVIC wishes to highlight that we receive professional advice, information, and opinion from a multitude of registered health professionals in our work. However, our organisational views and objectives are not necessarily influenced or reflected by one individual. 

In this instance, whilst we respect the right of Dr McLaren to express her professional opinion, we make it known that the views expressed in Dr McLaren’s article are not the views of ADAVIC. 

Members of the community have contacted ADAVIC to express their dissatisfaction with the article, as they see it as attributing blame to the victims of the domestic violence.  ADAVIC has a clear position on this issue: we do not condone “victim blaming” in cases of domestic violence.  ADAVIC is a community-based organisation which works hard to provide support and information for the general public, and to empower and resource individuals to overcome difficult life situations. We see encouragement and support as fundamental to this aim. 

ADAVIC highlights the following organisations for anyone experiencing or impacted by Domestic or Family Violence, Anxiety, Depression or any related Mental Health concerns: 

1. Domestic Violence Victoria – 03 9921 0828 
2. Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 1800 007 339 
3. Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline - 1800 000 599 
4. WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) - 1300 134 130 
5. LifeLine – 13 11 14 
6. BeyondBlue – 1300 22 4636 


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